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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  • 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.
    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
    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.
    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
  • Microstructural differences in white matter tracts across middle to late adulthood: a diffusion MRI study on 7167 UK Biobank participants

    Tseng, W., Hsu, Y., Chen, C., Kang, Y., Kao, T., Chen, P., Waiter, G.
    Neurobiology of Aging, vol. 98, pp. 160-172
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Structural brain correlates of serum and epigenetic markers of inflammation in major depressive disorder

    Green, C., Shen, X., Stevenson, A. J., Conole, E. L., Harris, M. A., Barbu, M. C., Hawkins, E. L., Adams, M. J., Hillary, R. F., Lawrie, S. M., Evans, K. L., Walker, R. M., Morris, S. W., Porteous, D. J., Wardlaw, J. M., Steele, J. D., Waiter, G. D., Sandu, A. L., Campbell, A., Marioni, R. E., Cox, S. R., Cavanagh, J., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C.
    Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, vol. 92, pp. 39-48
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • 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

    Habota, T., Sandu, A., Waiter, G. D., McNeil, C. J., Steele, J. D., Macfarlane, J. A., Whalley, H. C., Valentine, R., Younie, D., Crouch, N., Hawkins, E. L., Hirose, Y., Romaniuk, L., Milburn, K., Buchan, G., Coupar, T., Stirling, M., Baljit, J., MacLennan, B., Priba, L., Harris, M. A., Hafferty, J. D., Adams, M. J., Campbell, A. I., MacIntyre, D. J., Pattie, A., Murphy, L., Reynolds, R. M., Elliot, R., Penton-Voak, I. S., Munafò, M. R., Evans, K. L., Seckl, J. R., Wardlaw, J. M., Lawrie, S. M., Haley, C. S., Porteous, D. J., Deary, I. J., Murray, A. D., McIntosh, A. M.
    Wellcome open research, vol. 4, 185
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The impact of brain iron accumulation on cognition: A systematic review

    Spence, H., Waiter, G., McNeil, C.
    PloS ONE, vol. 15, no. 10, pp. e0240697
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Blunted medial prefrontal cortico-limbic reward-related effective connectivity and depression

    Rupprechter, S., Romaniuk, L., Series, P., Hirose, T., Hawkins, E., Sandu-Giuraniuc, A., Waiter, G. D., McNeil, C. J., Shen, X., Harris, M. A., Campbell, A., Porteous, D., Macfarlane, J. A., Lawrie, S. M., Murray, A. D., Delgado, M. R., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C., Steele, J. D.
    Brain, vol. 143, no. 6, pp. 1946-1956
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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