Professor Alison Murray

Roland Sutton Chair of Radiology


Professor Alison Murray

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 438362
Fax: +44 (0)1224 438364
Address: Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre Lilian Sutton Building Foresterhill Aberdeen AB25 2ZD




Professor Alison Murray is the Roland Sutton Chair of Radiology at the University of Aberdeen. She is Director of the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre (,  Lilian Sutton Building, University of Aberdeen. This houses the 3T research magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. Research MRI facilities are located within the acute NHS hospital and are immediately adjacent to the John Mallard Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Centre and the NHS Department of Nuclear Medicine, facilitating combined studies of brain structure and function. 

She leads clinical brain imaging research in structural and functional brain imaging correlates of cognitive ageing and dementia and recent work includes MRI in the local Generation Scotland sample as part of a Scotland-wide study Stratifying Resilience and Depression Longitudinaly, MRI in the Aberdeen 1936 Birth Cohort, and MRI, regional cerebral blood flow SPECT and FDG PET in clinical trials of novel Tau Aggregation Inhibitor therapies in Alzheimer's disease.  Particular interests are the relative contributions of vascular risk factors and subclinical Alzheimer's disease to cognitive ageing and life-course contributors to cognitive reserve and resilience against dementia.  

She has extensive NHS clinical experience of brain imaging in dementia, with around 400 nuclear medicine brain regional cerebral blood flow SPECT/CT studies per annum and receptor studies in movement disorder.

She is a founding member and executive member of the Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence (SINAPSE) a successful brain imaging pooling initiative funded by the Scottish Funding Council and participating universities to develop state of the art brain imaging research training and resources across Scotland.She is also on the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium executive and is currently President of the Scottish Radiology Society.



Research Interests

Structural, molecular and functional brain imaging using MRI, SPECT and PET. 

Main interest is in normal brain ageing and dementia.

Other interests: brain imaging in neurodevelomental and other neurogedenerative disorders.

Current Research

Brain magnetic resonance imaging correlates of cognitive ageing and vascular risk factors in the Aberdeen 1936 Birth Cohort.


Internal: Roger Staff, Chris McNeil, Louise Phillips, David Lurie, Carl Counsell, Bettina Platt, Mirella Delibegovic, Geraldine McNeil, Paul Haggarty, Roy Soiza, Susan Duthie, Phil Hannaford, Corri Black, Baukje de Roos, Lawrence Whalley.

External: Joanna Wardlaw, Ian Deary, John Starr, Maria Valdez Hernandez, Dave Leon 

Research Grants

Current research funding is from ARUK network funds, EPSRC, University of Aberdeen Development Trust, Radiology Research Trust, FEC, Pathways to a healthy life, Roland Sutton Academic Trust and SFC (SPIRIT with Pfizer, Toshiba and others).

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Medicine

Undergraduate Biomedical Sciences (Neuroradiology)

Postgraduate Radiology

MSc in Biomedical Physics

External Responsibilities

SINAPSE executive and molucular imaging committees

Academic subcommittee of British Society of Neuroradiologists

Scottish Academic Health Sciences Collaboration, University of Aberdeen Neurosciences lead 


Admin Responsibilities

Director - Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre

School of Medicine and Dentistry Disability Co-ordinator 


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