Dr Gordon Waiter

Dr Gordon Waiter
Dr Gordon Waiter
Dr Gordon Waiter

PhD, CPhys, FInstP, CSci, FIPEM


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+44 (0)1224 438356
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F10 Lilian Sutton Building
Foresterhill Campus
AB25 2ZD

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School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
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Mrs Dawn Younie
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+44 (0)1224 438365


Dr. Waiter graduated from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, in 1989 with a BSc (Hons) in Physical Sciences majoring in Physics. He then moved to Dundee University, Department of Medical Physics as Research Assistant, to develop MR imaging test objects. He returned to Aberdeen in 1991, this time to the University of Aberdeen to undertake a PhD in Medical Physics, under the supervision of Dr. M. Foster

He joined the staff of Aberdeen University in 1996 as a research fellow working in collaboration with the university Department of BioMedical Physics and NHS Department of Cardiology to develop image analysis methods for the detection of hibernating myocardium.

In 2001 Dr Waiter joined the School of Psychology to help initiate functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on a new 1.5T research dedicated scanner at the University of Aberdeen.

In 2004 he joined the Department of Radiology (now part of the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre) to continue the development of functional magnetic resonance imaging in Aberdeen. His work has included paradigm design, data analysis, data acquisition, quality control and image analysis.

Dr Waiter was appointed Reader in 2021.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Director, Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre

Associate Director, Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science

Honorary Clinical Scientist and MR Safety Expert, NHS Grampian

Member, North of Scotland Research Ethics Committee 2

External Memberships

Aberdeen Lead for SINAPSE (www.sinapse.ac.uk)

Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)

Chartered Physicist (CPhys)

Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (FIPEM)

Chartered Scientist (CSci)

Latest Publications

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Research Overview

Dr. Gordon Waiter's main areas of interest are in brain plasticity and cognition with a focus on the mechanisms of age-related cognitive decline and in particular the role of inflammation, both chronic and acute, and immunosenescence in brain ageing.

The pathology that leads to dementia begins many decades before symptoms appear. It is hoped that an improved understanding of the age-related changes in brain health and cognition, and the impact of cardiometabolic and inflammation factors, will have an impact on public health through targets for intervention, earlier diagnosis, therapy monitoring and drug development. It will bring a new understanding of common neurodegenerative diseases at a personalised level, allowing individualised treatment and new ways to diagnose the brain diseases that lead to dementia.

Dr. Waiter has developed a multisystem approach based on a combination of novel and established computational neuroimaging, biochemistry, and statistical modelling methods and is applying them to disorders reporting common symptoms like cognitive decline, brain fog and Long COVID.



Teaching Responsibilities

Dr Waiter is Programme Co-ordinator for the MSc in Medical Imaging

Dr Waiter is the course co-ordinator for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging deeper study (BP5503) of the BioMedical Physics/Medical Imaging MSc, where he teaches fMRI theory and image analysis techniques as well as cardaic MR imaging. He also teaches Statistical Paramagnetic Mapping (SPM) on the Medical Image Processing and Analysis deeper study (BP5505).


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  • Characterising the neurobiological mechanisms of action of exercise and cognitive behavioural interventions for rheumatoid arthritis fatigue: an MRI brain study

    Dehsarvi, A., Al-Wasity, S., Stefanov, K., Wiseman, S. J., Ralston, S., Wardlaw, J., Emsley, R., Bachmair, E., Cavanagh, J., Waiter, G., Basu, N.
    Arthritis & Rheumatology
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The cerebellum plays more than one role in the dysregulation of appetite: Review of structural evidence from typical and eating disorder populations

    Sader, M., Waiter, G. D., Williams, J. H. G.
    Brain and Behavior, e3286
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • Prevalence and Characterization of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder in a Paediatric Population

    Sader, M., Harris, H., Waiter, G., Jackson, M. C., Voortman, T., Jansen, P. W., Williams, J.
    JAACAP Open, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 116-127
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Associations between sex, systemic iron and inflammatory status and subcortical brain iron

    Spence, H., Mengoa-Fleming, S., Sneddon, A. A., McNeil, C. J., Waiter, G. D.
    Working Papers: Preprint Papers
  • Reply: Any Cardiac Influence of the Structural and Functional Brain Changes in Patients With Takotsubo Syndrome?

    Khan, H., Waiter, G. D., Dawson, D. K.
    JACC. Heart failure, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 618
    Contributions to Journals: Letters
  • Spectral peak areas do not vary according to spectral averaging scheme used in functional MRS experiments at 3 T with interleaved visual stimulation

    Mumuni, A. N., McLean, J., Waiter, G.
    Physical Sciences Reviews
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Concurrent validity and reliability of suicide risk assessment instruments: A meta-analysis of 20 instruments across 27 international cohorts

    Campos, A. I., Van Velzen, L. S., Veltman, D. J., Pozzi, E., Ambrogi, S., Ballard, E. D., Banaj, N., Başgöze, Z., Bellow, S., Benedetti, F., Bollettini, I., Brosch, K., Canales-Rodríguez, E. J., Clarke-Rubright, E. K., Colic, L., Connolly, C. G., Courtet, P., Cullen, K. R., Dannlowski, U., Dauvermann, M. R., Davey, C. G., Deverdun, J., Dohm, K., Erwin-Grabner, T., Goya-Maldonado, R., Fani, N., Fortea, L., Fuentes-Claramonte, P., Gonul, A. S., Gotlib, I. H., Grotegerd, D., Harris, M. A., Harrison, B. J., Haswell, C. C., Hawkins, E. L., Hill, D., Hirano, Y., Ho, T. C., Jollant, F., Jovanovic, T., Kircher, T., Klimes-Dougan, B., le Bars, E., Lochner, C., McIntosh, A. M., Meinert, S., Mekawi, Y., Melloni, E., Mitchell, P., Morey, R. A., Nakagawa, A., Nenadić, I., Olié, E., Pereira, F., Phillips, R. D., Piras, F., Poletti, S., Pomarol-Clotet, E., Radua, J., Ressler, K. J., Roberts, G., Rodriguez-Cano, E., Sacchet, M. D., Salvador, R., Sandu, A., Shimizu, E., Singh, A., Spalletta, G., Steele, J. D., Stein, D. J., Stein, F., Stevens, J. S., Teresi, G. I., Uyar-Demir, A., van der Wee, N. J., van der Werff, S. J., van Rooij, S. J. H., Vecchio, D., Verdolini, N., Vieta, E., Waiter, G. D., Whalley, H., Whittle, S. L., Yang, T. T., Zarate, C. A., Thompson, P. M., Jahanshad, N., van Harmelen, A., Blumberg, H. P., Schmaal, L., Rentería, M. E.
    Neuropsychology, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 315-329
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Brain mapping inflammatory arthritis related fatigue in the pursuit of novel therapeutics

    Stefanov, K., al-Wasity, S., Parkinson, J. T., Waiter, G., Cavanagh, J., Basu, N.
    The Lancet Rheumatology, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. e99-e109
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Structural brain correlates of childhood trauma with replication across two large, independent community-based samples

    Madden, R. A., Atkinson, K., Shen, X., Green, C., Hillary, R. F., Hawkins, E., Såge, E., Sandu, A., Waiter, G., McNeil, C., Harris, M., Campbell, A., Porteous, D., Macfarlane, J. A., Murray, A., Steele, D., Romaniuk, L., Lawrie, S. M., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C.
    European Psychiatry, vol. 66, no. 1, e19
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Structural and functional brain changes in acute Takotsubo Syndrome

    Khan, H., Gamble, D., Rudd, A., Mezincescu, A., Abbas, H., Noman, A., Stewart, A., Horgan, G., Krishnadas, R., Williams, C., Waiter, G., Dawson, D.
    JACC. Heart failure
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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