Dr ANCA SANDU- GIURANIUC
Dr ANCA SANDU- GIURANIUC

Dr ANCA SANDU- GIURANIUC

Lecturer

About

Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre
Lilian Sutton Building
Foresterhill
Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD

Biography

Anca-Larisa Sandu is a graduate in Medical Bioengineering (1995-2001) from “Gr. T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania. She received a MSc in “Nonlinearity and Self-organization in Complex Systems” from ”Al.I.Cuza” University, Faculty of Physics in the same city (2001-2003). She completed her PhD with the dissertation “MRI measures of brain volume and cortical complexity in clinical groups and during development” under the direction of Prof. Kenneth Hugdahl, Bergen fMRI Group, Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway (2004-2009). Thereafter she moved to France where she continued her research, as a post-doc, on brain imaging using also VBM and fMRI approaches in Research Unit INSERM – CEA 1000, Neuroimaging & Psychiatry, Paris Sud University (2009-2012). Since 2012 she has been with the University of Aberdeen, in Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre, where she was a research fellow until December 2021 when she was promoted to lecturer.

Latest Publications

  • 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, pp. 1-25
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Age-associated sex and asymmetry differentiation in hemispheric and lobar cortical ribbon complexity across adulthood: A UK BioBank Imaging Study

    Nazlee, N., Waiter, G., Sandu-Giuraniuc, A.
    Human Brain Mapping, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 49-65
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Local CpG density affects the trajectory and variance of age-associated DNA methylation changes

    Higham, J., Kerr, L., Zhang, Q., Walker, R. M., Harris, S. E., Howard, D. M., Hawkins, E. L., Sandu, A., Steele, J. D., Waiter, G. D., Murray, A. D., Evans, K. L., McIntosh, A. M., Visscher, P. M., Deary, I. J., Cox, S. R., Sproul, D.
    Genome Biology, vol. 23, no. 1, 216
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Associations of negative affective biases and depressive symptoms in a community-based sample

    de Nooij, L., Adams, M. J., Hawkins, E. L., Romaniuk, L., Munafò, M. R., Penton-Voak, I. S., Elliott, R., Bland, A. R., Waiter, G. D., Sandu, A., Habota, T., Steele, J. D., Murray, A. D., Campbell, A., Porteous, D. J., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C., Generation Scotland
    Psychological Medicine
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Sexual dimorphism in the relationship between brain complexity, volume and general intelligence (g): a cross-cohort study

    Sandu, A., Waiter, G. D., Staff, R. T., Nazlee, N., Habota, T., McNeil, C. J., Chapko, D., Williams, J. H., Fall, C. H. D., Chandak, G. R., Pene, S., Krishna, M., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C., Kumaran, K., Krishnaveni, G. V., Murray, A. D.
    Scientific Reports, vol. 12, 11025
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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Research

Research Overview

Structural and functional MRI, brain imaging, developing quantitative neuroimaging methods, image processing and analysis, cognitive neuropsychology, mental disorders, brain development and ageing

Supervision

I am currently lead supervisor for the PhD thesis "Brain cortical complexity and its association with life-course factors across adulthood" 

Supervisees

Funding and Grants

PI:

2020-2022 “Brain functional connectivity networks and resilience to cognitive decline in late-midlife: The influence of biological and life-course factors.” Sandu-Giuraniuc A, Murray AD, Waiter G. Roland Sutton Academic Trust, £116,465

2020-2021 “Hippocampal subfields and cognitive decline”, Sandu-Giuraniuc A. Alzheimer’s Research UK, emergency funding award £1,000

2018-2019 “A pilot study to identify the earliest brain imaging predictors of cognitive decline” Sandu-Giuraniuc A, Waiter GD, McNeil CJ, Habota T, Murray A, McIntosh AM. TENOVUS Scotland £11,616

2017-2019 “Is cortical complexity a measure of cerebral reserve against dementia?” Sandu-Giuraniuc A, Waiter G, Murray A. Alzheimer’s Research UK junior member small grant £1,950

Co-I:

2019-2022 “PhD support costs. Brain cortical complexity: a support package for a self-funded PhD student” Waiter GD, Sandu-Giuraniuc A, Roland Sutton Academic Trust £9,000

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Dr Sandu-Giuraniuc teaches in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging MSc programmes, she is:

- the lead of Statistics module as part of BP5003 and BP5512

- the tutor of the Maths for Imaging tutorial as part of BP5011 and BP5511

- delivering a lecture Brain Metrics extracted through advanced image processing as part of BP5505 and BP5905

Publications

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  • 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, pp. 1-25
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Age-associated sex and asymmetry differentiation in hemispheric and lobar cortical ribbon complexity across adulthood: A UK BioBank Imaging Study

    Nazlee, N., Waiter, G., Sandu-Giuraniuc, A.
    Human Brain Mapping, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 49-65
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Local CpG density affects the trajectory and variance of age-associated DNA methylation changes

    Higham, J., Kerr, L., Zhang, Q., Walker, R. M., Harris, S. E., Howard, D. M., Hawkins, E. L., Sandu, A., Steele, J. D., Waiter, G. D., Murray, A. D., Evans, K. L., McIntosh, A. M., Visscher, P. M., Deary, I. J., Cox, S. R., Sproul, D.
    Genome Biology, vol. 23, no. 1, 216
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Associations of negative affective biases and depressive symptoms in a community-based sample

    de Nooij, L., Adams, M. J., Hawkins, E. L., Romaniuk, L., Munafò, M. R., Penton-Voak, I. S., Elliott, R., Bland, A. R., Waiter, G. D., Sandu, A., Habota, T., Steele, J. D., Murray, A. D., Campbell, A., Porteous, D. J., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C., Generation Scotland
    Psychological Medicine
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Sexual dimorphism in the relationship between brain complexity, volume and general intelligence (g): a cross-cohort study

    Sandu, A., Waiter, G. D., Staff, R. T., Nazlee, N., Habota, T., McNeil, C. J., Chapko, D., Williams, J. H., Fall, C. H. D., Chandak, G. R., Pene, S., Krishna, M., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C., Kumaran, K., Krishnaveni, G. V., Murray, A. D.
    Scientific Reports, vol. 12, 11025
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Epigenome-wide association study of global cortical volumes in Generation Scotland: Scottish Family Health Study

    Barbu, M. C., Harris, M., Shen, X., Aleks, S., Green, C., Amador, C., Walker, R., Morris, S., Adams, M., Sandu, A., McNeil, C., Waiter, G., Evans, K., Campbell, A., Wardlaw, J., Steele, D., Murray, A., Porteous, D., McIntosh, A., Whalley, H.
    Epigenetics, vol. 17, no. 10, pp. 1143–1158
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Hair glucocorticoids are associated with childhood adversity, depressive symptoms and reduced global and lobar grey matter in Generation Scotland

    Green, C., Stolicyn, A., Harris, M. A., Shen, X., Romaniuk, L., Barbu, M. C., Hawkins, E. L., Wardlaw, J. M., Steele, J. D., Waiter, G. D., Sandu, A., Campbell, A., Porteous, D. J., Seckl, J. R., Lawrie, S. M., Reynolds, R. M., Cavanagh, J., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C.
    Translational Psychiatry, vol. 11, no. 1, 523
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spectral Clustering Based on Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging and its Relationship with Major Depressive Disorder and Cognitive Ability

    Yeung, H. W., Shen, X., Stolicyn, A., De Nooij, L., Harris, M. A., Romaniuk, L., Buchanan, C. R., Waiter, G. D., Sandu, A., McNeil, C. J., Murray, A., Steele, J. D., Campbell, A., Porteous, D., Lawrie, S. M., McIntosh, A. M., Cox, S. R., Smith, K. M., Whalley, H. C.
    European Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 6281-6303
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Early life predictors of late life cerebral small vessel disease in four prospective cohort studies

    Backhouse, E. V., Shenkin, S. D., McIntosh, A. M., Bastin, M. E., Whalley, H. C., Valdez Hernandez, M., Muñoz Maniega, S., Harris, M. A., Stolicyn, A., Campbell, A., Steele, D., Steele, D., Waiter, G., Sandu-Giuraniuc, A., Waymont, J. M. J., Murray, A., Cox, S. R., de Rooij, S., Roseboom, T. J., Wardlaw, J. M.
    Brain, vol. 144, no. 12, pp. 3769–3778
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A cross-cohort study: sexual dimorphism in the relationship between brain complexity & intelligence

    Sandu-Giuraniuc, A., Waiter, G., Nazlee, N., Habota, T., McNeil, C., Chapko, D., Williams, J. H., Fall, C., Chandak, G., Pene, S., Krishna, M., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C., Kumaran, K., Krishnaveni, G., Murray, A.
    Organization for Human Brain Mapping meeting
    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts
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