Dr Gordon Waiter

Dr Gordon Waiter

Senior Lecturer

Dr Gordon Waiter
Dr Gordon Waiter

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The University of Aberdeen Room F10, Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Lilian Sutton Building, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

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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 appopinted Senior Lecturer in 2009.


Research Interests

Dr. Waiter's main areas of interest are in the developing and aging brain particularly autism and Alzheimer’s disease. However, he has also participated in a number of other studies including face processing, cognitive neuroscience, self processing, psychology, depression and others. 

He is one of a number of local experts on the analysis of functional MRI data and part of a larger Brain Imaging Group that includes a wide range of specialties including physicists, radiologists, psychologists, psychiatrists etc.


Teaching Responsibilities

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 Paramegnetic Mapping (SPM) on the Medical Image Processing and Analysis deeper study (BP5505).

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Dr. Waiter is Deputy Director of the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre and lead of the SINAPSE IT and Image Analysis Committee.

STEM Ambassador



I am registered with STEMNet as an ambassador to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects to young people.


I am currently accepting self-funded PhD students.



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  • Kaplan, CM, Schrepf, A, Ichesco, E, Larkin, T, Harte, SE, Harris, RE, Murray, AD, Waiter, GD, Clauw, DJ & Basu, N 2020, 'Association of Inflammation With Pronociceptive Brain Connections in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients With Concomitant Fibromyalgia', Arthritis & Rheumatology, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 41-46. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/art.41069
  • Rupprechter, S, Romaniuk, L, Series, P, Hirose, T, Hawkins, E, Sandu-Giuraniuc, A-L, Waiter, GD, McNeil, CJ, Shen, X, Harris, MA, Campbell, A, Porteous, D, Macfarlane, JA, Lawrie, SM, Murray, AD, Delgado, MR, McIntosh, AM, Whalley, HC & Steele, JD 2020, 'Blunted medial prefrontal cortico-limbic reward-related effective connectivity and depression', Brain, vol. 143, no. 6, pp. 1946-1956. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awaa106
  • Majrashi, NA, Ahearn, TS & Waiter, GD 2020, 'Brainstem volume mediates seasonal variation in depressive symptoms: A cross sectional study in the UK Biobank cohort', Scientific Reports, vol. 10, 3592. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-60620-3
  • de Vries, CF, Staff, R, Noble, KG, Muetzel, RL, Vernooij, MW, White, T, Waiter, GD & Murray, AD 2020, 'Klotho gene polymorphism, brain structure and cognition in early-life development', Brain Imaging and Behavior, vol. 14, pp. 213-225. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11682-018-9990-1
  • de Vries, C, Staff, RT, Waiter, GD, Sokunbi, MO, Sandu, AL & Murray, AD 2020, 'Motion during Acquisition is Associated with fMRI Brain Entropy', IEEE journal of biomedical and health informatics, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 586-593. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/JBHI.2019.2907189
  • Majrashi, NA, Ahearn, T, Williams, JHG & Waiter, GD 2020, 'Sex differences in the association of photoperiod with hippocampal subfield volumes in older adults: A crosssectional study in the UK Biobank cohort ', Brain and Behavior, vol. 10, no. 6, 01593. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/brb3.1593
  • Habota, T, Sandu, A-L, Waiter, GD, McNeil, CJ, Steele, JD, Macfarlane, JA, Whalley, HC, Valentine, R, Younie, D, Crouch, N, Hawkins, EL, Hirose, Y, Romaniuk, L, Milburn, K, Buchan, G, Coupar, T, Stirling, M, Baljit, J, MacLennan, B, Priba, L, Harris, MA, Hafferty, JD, Adams, MJ, Campbell, AI, MacIntyre, DJ, Pattie, A, Murphy, L, Reynolds, RM, Elliot, R, Penton-Voak, IS, Munafò, MR, Evans, KL, Seckl, JR, Wardlaw, JM, Lawrie, SM, Haley, CS, Porteous, DJ, Deary, IJ, Murray, AD & McIntosh, AM 2019, 'Cohort profile for the STratifying Resilience and Depression Longitudinally (STRADL) study: A depression-focused investigation of Generation Scotland, using detailed clinical, cognitive, and neuroimaging assessments', Wellcome open research, vol. 4, 185. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15538.1
  • Sandu-Giuraniuc, A-L, Waiter, GD, Habota, T, Younie, DA, McNeil, CJ, McIntosh, AM & Murray, AD 2019, 'Differences in brain functional connectivity networks between cognitive decliners and sustainers', SINAPSE Annual Scientific Meeting 2019, Dundee, United Kingdom, 21/06/19.
  • Basu, N, Kaplan, CM, Ichesco, E, Larkin, T, Schrepf, A, Murray, AD, Clauw, DJ, Waiter, GD & Harris, RE 2019, 'Functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging correlates of fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis', Rheumatology, vol. 58, no. 10, pp. 1822-1830. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/kez132
  • Cheung, SM, Keenan, K, Senn, N, Hutcheon, G, Chan, K, Erwig, L, Schrepf, A, Dospinescu, P, Gray, S, Waiter, G, He, J & Basu, N 2019, 'Metabolic and structural skeletal muscle health in systemic lupus erythematosus related fatigue: a multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging study', Arthritis Care & Research, vol. 71, no. 12, pp. 1640-1646. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/acr.23833
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