Professor David Lurie
Since my retirement in October 2021, I have been an Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen. I previously held a Chair in Biomedical Physics at the University (2002-21), where I researched and taught MRI Physics, starting when I joined Jim Hutchison’s team in 1983.
My research was concerned with the development of MRI technology and its bio-medical applications, most recently in the area of Fast Field-Cycling MRI, which was pioneered by the group that I led. Whereas standard MRI scanners operate at a single magnetic field (e.g. 1.5 T or 3 T), FFC scanners have the ability to switch magnetic field rapidly during a scan, thereby obtaining information on the variation of the NMR relaxation times with magnetic field strength. Results indicate that this can provide a valuable new contrast mechanism for clinical MRI.
During my career I obtained research grants totalling over £11.1m as Principal Investigator. In 2015 a consortium of seven research laboratories and two companies, coordinated by me, secured €6.60m (£5.92m) from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 scheme to develop FFC-MRI as a clinical imaging modality; the “IDentIFY” project ran for 4 years from January 2016.
I have given over 100 invited, keynote and plenary lectures at conferences and workshops world-wide. I am author of 86 peer-reviewed papers, 8 book chapters as well as more than 280 conference abstracts.
- BSc (Hons) Natural Philosophy1979 - University of Aberdeen
- MSc Radiation Physics1980 - University of London
- PhD Medical Physics1984 - University of London
I am Past Chair of the Communications and Publications Committee of the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP), having been Chair from January 2020 to February 2022.
Prizes and Awards
In 2017 I was awarded the Academic Gold Medal of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
In 2021 I was awarded Senior Fellowship of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).
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New developments in MRI: System characterization, technical advances and radiotherapy applicationsPhysica Medica, vol. 90, pp. 50-52Contributions to Journals: Editorials
In memoriam: John R. Mallard (1927-2021)Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol. 86, no. 4, pp. 1815-1817Contributions to Journals: Articles
A New Method for Investigating Osteoarthritis using Fast Field Cycling Nuclear Magnetic ResonancePhysica Medica, vol. 88, pp. 142-147Contributions to Journals: Articles
Low-Field NMR Relaxometry for Intraoperative Tumour Margin Assessment in Breast-conserving SurgeryCancers, vol. 13, no. 16, 4141Contributions to Journals: Articles
Monitoring tissue implants by field-cycling H-1-MRI via the detection of changes in the N-14-quadrupolar-peak from imidazole moieties incorporated in a "smart" scaffold materialJournal of Materials Chemistry B, vol. 9, no. 24, pp. 4863-4872Contributions to Journals: Articles
In memoriam: John R. Mallard (1927–2021)Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine, vol. 34, pp. 323-325Contributions to Journals: Articles
A novel class of 1H-MRI Contrast Agents based on the relaxation enhancement induced on water protons by 14N imidazole moietiesAngewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 60, no. 8, pp. 4208-4214Contributions to Journals: Articles
1H spin-lattice NMR relaxation in the presence of residual dipolar interactions: Dipolar relaxation enhancementJournal of Magnetic Resonance, vol. 318, 106783Contributions to Journals: Articles
Slow dynamics of solid proteins: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance relaxometry versus Dielectric SpectroscopyJournal of Magnetic Resonance, vol. 314, 106721Contributions to Journals: Articles
In vivo assessment of tumour associated macrophages in murine melanoma obtained by low-field relaxometry in the presence of iron oxide particlesBiomaterials, vol. 236, 119805Contributions to Journals: Articles