SINAPSE is the Scottish Imaging Network, a partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling.  Its aim is to promote excellence in imaging research by developing and sharing new techniques, improving access to facilities, and providing opportunities for training, networking and collaboration.

Brain imaging is of particular interest to several research teams within the SINAPSE network including the Human and Animal Brain Imaging Group here at CCACE.  A wide variety of techniques is in use, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computer tomography (SPECT), and electroencephalography (EEG).

Together, these imaging techniques can be used to probe several aspects of brain anatomy and physiology including structure, volume, blood flow and organisation of white matter tracts. Many of the latest methods are relevant to studies of cognitive ageing. The function of the brain can be monitored during tests of memory and attention. It is also possible to detect changes in the brains of healthy older people and people affected by cognitive decline, dementia or stroke.