Welcome to OPTIMA: The EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging
What is OPTIMA?
OPTIMA is a 4 year PhD training programme combining:
- excellent research and PhD supervision in world-leading scientific environments, and
- a bespoke programme of business training in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship.
What we do
OPTIMA is a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) funded by both the EPSRC and the MRC in recognition for our use of cutting-edge optical technology to address key clinical questions via medical imaging.
OPTIMA is hosted by the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde.
Our focus is to train the next generation of scientific entrepreneurs in healthcare technologies and so we place great emphasis on interdisciplinary projects, commercially-relevant training and strong ties to the clinical environment.
Having delivered training to OPTIMA students in the past I realise they are especially gifted in their outlook and skill set – most working on interdisciplinary projects. They therefore have a more open minded approach to research and are not averse about investigating different avenues in order to progress their research. From the point of view of Vivomotion (a science animation company), I realise there may be some students who are particularly interested in using animation for their projects and it would be an opportunity for them to develop this skill.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer