Professor David Lurie
Since my retirement in October 2021, I have been an Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen. I previously held a Chair in Biomedical Physics at the University (2002-21), where I researched and taught MRI Physics, starting when I joined Jim Hutchison’s team in 1983.
My research was concerned with the development of MRI technology and its bio-medical applications, most recently in the area of Fast Field-Cycling MRI, which was pioneered by the group that I led. Whereas standard MRI scanners operate at a single magnetic field (e.g. 1.5 T or 3 T), FFC scanners have the ability to switch magnetic field rapidly during a scan, thereby obtaining information on the variation of the NMR relaxation times with magnetic field strength. Results indicate that this can provide a valuable new contrast mechanism for clinical MRI.
During my career I obtained research grants totalling over £11.1m as Principal Investigator. In 2015 a consortium of seven research laboratories and two companies, coordinated by me, secured €6.60m (£5.92m) from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 scheme to develop FFC-MRI as a clinical imaging modality; the “IDentIFY” project ran for 4 years from January 2016.
I have given over 100 invited, keynote and plenary lectures at conferences and workshops world-wide. I am author of 86 peer-reviewed papers, 8 book chapters as well as more than 280 conference abstracts.
- BSc (Hons) Natural Philosophy1979 - University of Aberdeen
- MSc Radiation Physics1980 - University of London
- PhD Medical Physics1984 - University of London
I am Chair of the Communications and Publications Committee of the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP).
Prizes and Awards
In 2017 I was awarded the Academic Gold Medal of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
In 2021 I was awarded Senior Fellowship of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).
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New developments in MRI: System characterization, technical advances and radiotherapy applicationsPhysica Medica, vol. 90, pp. 50-52Contributions to Journals: Editorials
In memoriam: John R. Mallard (1927-2021)Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol. 86, no. 4, pp. 1815-1817Contributions to Journals: Articles
A New Method for Investigating Osteoarthritis using Fast Field Cycling Nuclear Magnetic ResonancePhysica Medica, vol. 88, pp. 142-147Contributions to Journals: Articles
Low-Field NMR Relaxometry for Intraoperative Tumour Margin Assessment in Breast-conserving SurgeryCancers, vol. 13, no. 16, 4141Contributions to Journals: Articles
Monitoring tissue implants by field-cycling H-1-MRI via the detection of changes in the N-14-quadrupolar-peak from imidazole moieties incorporated in a "smart" scaffold materialJournal of Materials Chemistry B, vol. 9, no. 24, pp. 4863-4872Contributions to Journals: Articles
In memoriam: John R. Mallard (1927–2021)Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine, vol. 34, pp. 323-325Contributions to Journals: Articles
A novel class of 1H-MRI Contrast Agents based on the relaxation enhancement induced on water protons by 14N imidazole moietiesAngewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 60, no. 8, pp. 4208-4214Contributions to Journals: Articles
1H spin-lattice NMR relaxation in the presence of residual dipolar interactions: Dipolar relaxation enhancementJournal of Magnetic Resonance, vol. 318, 106783Contributions to Journals: Articles
Slow dynamics of solid proteins: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance relaxometry versus Dielectric SpectroscopyJournal of Magnetic Resonance, vol. 314, 106721Contributions to Journals: Articles
In vivo assessment of tumour associated macrophages in murine melanoma obtained by low-field relaxometry in the presence of iron oxide particlesBiomaterials, vol. 236, 119805Contributions to Journals: Articles