Dr Gordon Waiter

Dr Gordon Waiter
Dr Gordon Waiter

Dr Gordon Waiter




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


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 Overview

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).


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  • Neural correlates of individual differences in manual imitation fidelity

    Braadbaart, L., Waiter, G. D., Williams, J. H. G.
    Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, vol. 6, 91
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Assessment of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of normal breast tissue during the menstrual cycle at 3T using image segmentation

    Al Rashidi, N., Waiter, G., Redpath, T., Gilbert, F. J.
    European Journal of Radiology, vol. 81, no. SUPPL1, pp. S1-S3
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Abnormal neural responses to social exclusion in schizophrenia

    Gradin, V. B., Waiter, G., Kumar, P., Stickle, C., Milders, M., Matthews, K., Reid, I., Hall, J., Steele, J. D.
    PloS ONE, vol. 7, no. 8, e42608
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Changes in the Sulcal Size Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder Revealed by Sulcal Morphometry

    Shokouhi, M., Williams, J. H. G., Waiter, G. D., Condon, B.
    Autism Research, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 245-252
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Brain structural complexity and life course cognitive change

    Mustafa, N., Ahearn, T. S., Waiter, G. D., Murray, A. D., Whalley, L. J., Staff, R. T.
    Neuroimage, vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 694-701
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Large-scale digital image data gathering framework for the TOMMY trial

    Cameron, G. G., Waiter, G. D., Gillan, M. G. C., Mungutroy, E. H. L., Tate, C., McInally, F., Iqbal, A., Murphy, J., Gilbert, F. J.
    Symposium Mammographicum 2012 Meeting Abstracts. London: The British Institute of Radiology pp. 21, 1 page.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Inter-individual differences in fMRI entropy measurements in old age

    Sokunbi, M. O., Staff, R. T., Waiter, G. D., Ahearn, T. S., Fox, H. C., Deary, I. J., Starr, J. M., Whalley, L. J., Murray, A. D.
    IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 58, no. 11, pp. 3206-3214
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Mine and me: exploring the neural basis of object ownership

    Turk, D. J., Van Bussel, K., Waiter, G. D., Macrae, C. N.
    Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 23, no. 11, pp. 3657-3668
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Partial recovery from amnesia following bilateral surgical fornix transection is correlated with cortical plasticity

    Mazarakis, N. K., Summers, F., Murray, A. D., Waiter, G. D., Fouyas, I. P.
    British Journal of Neurosurgery, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 658-661
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Puddles, Parties, and Professors: Linking Word Categorization to Neural Patterns of Visuospatial Coding

    Quadflieg, S., Etzel, J. A., Gazzola, V., Keysers, C., Schubert, T. W., Waiter, G. D., Macrae, C. N.
    Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 23, no. 10, pp. 2636-2649
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


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