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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Personal Assistant
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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  • Disrupted Limbic-Prefrontal Effective Connectivity in Response to Fearful Faces in Lifetime Depression

    Stolicyn, A., Harris, M. A., Nooij, L. d., Shen, X., Macfarlane, J. A., Campbell, A., McNeil, C. J., Sandu, A., Murray, A. D., Waiter, G. D., Lawrie, S. M., Steele, D. J., McIntosh, A. M., Romaniuk, L., Whalley, H. C.
    Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 351, pp. 983-993
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Characterizing the Neurobiological Mechanisms of Action of Exercise and Cognitive–Behavioral Interventions for Rheumatoid Arthritis Fatigue: a magnetic resonance imaging 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, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 522-530
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • General and specific patterns of cortical gene expression as spatial correlates of complex cognitive functioning

    Moodie, J. E., Harris, S. E., Harris, M. A., Buchanan, C. R., Davies, G., Taylor, A., Redmond, P., Liewald, D. C. M., Valdés Hernández, M. d. C., Shenkin, S., Russ, T. C., Muñoz Maniega, S., Luciano, M., Corley, J., Stolicyn, A., Shen, X., Steele, D., Waiter, G., Sandu, A., Bastin, M. E., Wardlaw, J. M., McIntosh, A., Whalley, H., Tucker-Drob, E. M., Deary, I. J., Cox, S. R.
    Human Brain Mapping, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. e26641
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Phantom study investigating the repeatability of radiomic features with alteration of image acquisition parameters in magnetic resonance imaging

    Mitchell-Hay, R., Ahearn, T., Murray, A., Waiter, G.
    Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 19-28
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Preface: Lecture Notes in Computer Science

    Waiter, G., Lambrou, T., Leontidis, G., Oren, N., Morris, T., Gordon, S.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Forewords and Postscripts
  • 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, vol. 13, no. 2, e3286
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • Assessing severity of cerebral small vessel disease using field-cycling MRI and automated segmentation: Proffered Conference Abstract - World Stroke Congress 2023

    Senn, N., Mallikourti, V., Ross, J., Broche, L., Waiter, G., Macleod, M.
    International Journal of Stroke, vol. 18, no. 3_suppl, EP201
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Detection of haematoma and peri-haematomal regions of intracerebral haemorrhage using lowfield field-cycling imaging – preliminary study results

    Macleod, M. J., Senn, N., Malikourti, V., Ross, J., Levi, R., Oren, N., Guttierez, G. G., Waiter, G., Broche, L.
    8th World Intracranial Hemorrhage Conference (WICH 2023), OP-10
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Detection of cerebral small vessel disease using denoised field-cycling MRI: Book of Abstracts ESMRMB 2023

    Senn, N., Mallikourti, V., Ross, J., Broche, L., Waiter, G., Macleod, M.
    Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine, vol. 36, no. Suppl 1, pp. s297
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • 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
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