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Funding award from ARUK to enhance preclinical PET-CT imaging at Cambridge Network Centre

last modified Oct 17, 2018 04:16 PM

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have been awarded an ARUK equipment grant of £150,000 towards the purchase of a new preclinical scanner for performing positron emission tomography (PET) combined with computed tomography (CT) imaging for dementia research.

This grant has been awarded to Professor Franklin Aigbirhio and co-applicants Professor Roger Barker, Professor Giovanna Mallucci, Dr Nisha Kuzhuppilly Ramakrishnan, Dr Selena Millicevic Sephton, Dr Wei-Li Kuan (all of Department of Clinical Neurosciences), Dr James Duce, Dr John Skidmore (both of ARUK Drug Discovery Institute) and collaborator Professor Michel Goedert (Laboratory of Molecular Biology).

The dual modality preclinical PET-CT scanner will be situated in a state-of-the-art imaging suite within a new preclinical facility on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, that is due to open in 2019. The proposed preclinical imaging programme will form a core component of dementia research on the campus, complementing the clinical PET imaging programmes based at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre.

This exceptionally high equipment funding award (normal limit £100,000) by ARUK is in recognition of the role this powerful imaging technique can contribute to advancing dementia research at the ARUK Cambridge Network Centre.  ARUK-funded researchers are in particular encouraged to make use of this equipment.

Thus, researchers wishing to find out more about how this PET scanner could be applied to their research and/or undertake a project are advised to contact Dr Nisha Kuzhuppilly Ramakrishnan ( or Dr Selena Millicevic Sephton (