We now oversee the 1.5T clinical scanner at the Peninsula MR Centre.
Elastin in an artery wall viewed with Multiphoton Excitation

Research facilities

Biomedical Physics staff and postgraduate researchers have the use of the Multiphoton Imaging and Spectroscopy Laboratory and also have a close collaboration with the Peninsular MR Research Centre, which houses its own 1.5T. Philips whole-body imager.

In addition to the Multiphoton Imaging Suite, the Group has an optics facility embracing conventional microscopies, near infrared and Raman microspectrometry as well as research techniques such as optical coherence tomography, with Doppler- and polarisation-sensitive detection systems, and dual photon spectroscopy. Some of these methodologies are available for physiological measurement and others are still under development.

We have a range of techniques for characterising the structure and biophysical properties of cells and tissues, including thermomechanical testing rigs that complement the facilities elsewhere in the University. Our membrane research employs the techniques of micropippete aspiration and fluctuation spectroscopy, which can be performed on cell and vesicle preparations. For monolayer studies we have a range of computer-controlled Langmuir troughs, equipped for fluorescence microscopy.

MRI research is currently based on the 1.5T Philips whole-body imager at the Peninsula MR Research Centre on the St. Lukes' Campus, where facilities are available for studies in sensory perception and fMRI.

Studies involving significant amounts of biochemistry or cell biology are generally undertaken collaboratively, making use of the facilities of the Biocatalysis Centre and the Peninsula Medical School, and we maintain strong links with clinical colleagues for patient-based projects.