Professor Alison Murray

Professor Alison Murray

Roland Sutton Chair of Radiology

Professor Alison Murray
Professor Alison Murray

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The University of Aberdeen Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre Lilian Sutton Building Foresterhill Aberdeen AB25 2ZD




Professor Alison Murray is the Roland Sutton Professor of Radiology at the University of Aberdeen. She is based in 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 multimodal brain imaging correlates of brain ageing and dementia-related diseases 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 biomarkers of disease burden and life-course factors to the balance of cognitive reserve and resilience versus dementia and frailty.  

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

She is a founding member and current Director 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 imaging research training and resources across Scotland.She is also an executive member of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium, AKUK Scotland, Generation Scotland and is a recent past 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 changes associated with cognitive decline due to neurodegenerative diseases that cause dementia.

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

Current Research

Early-life origins of brain resilience to mental illness and cognitive impairment across the life course

Stratifying Resilience and Depression Longitudinally (STRADL)

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, Justin Williams, Vesna Vuksanovic, Anca Sandu Giurianiuc, Sohinee Bhattacharya

External: Joanna Wardlaw, Ian Deary, Maria Valdez Hernandez, Dave Leon, Caroline Fall Claire Wallace, Giriraj Chandak, G Krishnaveni, K Kumaran, Michael Hornberger, Andrew McIntosh, Douglas Steele.

Research Grants

Current research funding is from MRC, Wellcome Trust, Innovate UK (with Canon, Philips, Kheiron and other SMEs) ARUK network funds, EPSRC, University of Aberdeen Development Trust, Roland Sutton Academic Trust and SFC.


Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Medicine

Undergraduate Biomedical Sciences (Neuroradiology)

Postgraduate Radiology

MSc in Biomedical Physics

Further Info

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