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The key to OPTIMA’s success is its people. Management, supervisors and students are working together to create a unique training environment

Management

OPTIMA's managment team are committed to delivering the best training possible for our students. Not only does it contain key leaders in the various academic fields represented by OPTIMA, but also a dedicated support staff of CDT manager, outreach officer and administrators.

Meet the team behind OPTIMA...

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Professor Mark Bradley

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Principal Investigator

Over the past 7 or 8 years I, along with Dr Kev Dhaliwal, have established a centre for excellence in Optical Medical Imaging in Scotland. For example we run an EPSRC-funded Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration aimed at developing a Multiplexed "Touch and Tell" Optical Molecular Sensing and Imaging System. This system will provide real healthcare benefits for patients; as it uses optical imaging to allow doctors to rapidly diagnose patients and monitor them in real-time without the need for cumbersome equipment. In working on this programme it became clear that there was a national need to establish a Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging to train the next generation of young researchers. However my vision goes beyond this. I am a strong believer in the rapid translation and application of my research - I have spun out 4 companies so far including an imaging company. And so OPTIMA is a product of what I see as an unmet need in the training of young scientists : all students will have a clinical focus while being driven by the cutting-edge technology of the physical sciences and at the same time receive a full year's worth of business training in entrepreneurship.

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Professor Duncan Graham

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Optical medical imaging is most certainly an area of growth in terms of research into new techniques and their applications. Translating this research into benefits to healthcare treatment is happening but to ensure this is occurs rapidly and is sustained we need to provide the next generation of highly skilled and innovative scientists and clinicians. OPTIMA was created with this view in mind and being involved with such a vibrant, dynamic and high quality doctoral training centre is something I find very exciting and rewarding.

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Dr Colin Campbell

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Director

As the Director my role has been to design and establish the training program that is an integral part of the CDT. I think that we’ve put together a program that’s really exciting and I would love to do if I was a student all over again.

Optical Medical Imaging is exciting and it’s also challenging I think we’ve put together a CDT that offers exciting research opportunities along with the support required to succeed in a multidisciplinary environment.

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Professor Karen Faulds

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Co-Director

OPTIMA is an amazing opportunity to be involved in cutting edge research in optical medical imaging. The multidisciplinary ethos of the CDT and the exciting opportunities made available by being able to collaborate with biomedical scientists and clinicians to design innovative research projects with real world applications is truly unique. The students involved in the programme are all very motivated and engaged and I believe this is a great opportunity for them to carry out research in a truly multidisciplinary environment.

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Professor Kev Dhaliwal

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Steering Group

I am involved with OPTIMA because I am passionate about innovating in healthcare. Optical imaging will revolutionize modern healthcare by providing point of care molecular sensing and monitoring tools.. I see OPTIMA as an essential training ground for the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine to foster the future leaders in this area. Interdisciplinary research is the future of science. I work both as a consultant physician in the NHS and a University Senior Lecturer and my role in OPTIMA is to help provide the clinical bridge to optical imaging. I also wish to encourage young clinicians to embrace interdisciplinary research and join OPTIMA thorough clinical fellowships. We need to ‘light up disease’ and push molecular imaging into a new optical frontier.

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Professor Chris Gregory

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The ability to visualize cell and tissue processes with high resolution lies at the heart of biomedical science. The reason I undertook an academic career in this field was a fascination with the microscopic world which inspired me from the very first time I looked down a light microscope in a biology class at school. Seeing is believing and optical imaging-based observation is a fundamentally powerful discovery tool for biological and medical science. The particular attraction of OPTIMA is that it uniquely provides new opportunities for such discovery by bringing true multidisciplinary expertise together. Successful multidisciplinary interactions are essential in 21st century biomedical research but are difficult to achieve. OPTIMA is successfully training the next generation of optical imaging scientists through just such interactions. That’s why it’s both satisfying and fun to be involved.

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Dr Fumi Kitigawa

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Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Dr Sarah Cooper

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Head of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group and Personal Chair in Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development

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James Hopgood

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Senior Lecturer

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Professor Gail McConnell

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Chair of Biophotonics

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Dr Jean O'Donoghue

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Project Manager

To me, OPTIMA represents an amazing opportunity to transform PhD training. In funding this CDT, the EPSRC and the MRC have given us a responsibility and a challenge - to enshrine the value of interdisciplinary research from the beginning of our students' scientific careers and to enhance their training opportunities in order to meet the need for business-ready scientists in the future. My role in the team to make sure we are successful in our goal of "training the next generation of scientific entrepreneurs". I need to ensure our students our supported and encouraged through their training - as it is challenging combining research between lab groups/disciplines as well as participating in the integrated study modules. I also scope opportunities to improve our training in terms of making further connections outside OPTIMA with the commercial world, other CDTs and training professionals. If we do our job well - I hope OPTIMA can become a model for how PhD-training could be for all students in the future - challenging yet supportive - interdiscipinary yet focussed.

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Dr Kirsty Ross

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Outreach Officer

My scientific background in microbiology and immunology, as well as six years experience in public engagement, is enabling me to hit the ground running in the role of Outreach Officer. I was absolutely delighted to join OPTIMA's dynamic and enthusiastic team. It offers a unique opportunity to fuse industry engagement with community outreach. In this role, I hope to focus on reaching audiences who wouldn’t ordinarily get the opportunity to meet researchers in such a cutting-edge field, strengthening links with current industrial partners and forging new partnerships. Nanoscience and nanotechnology have the potential to revolutionise medicine and many other fields. By embedding engagement with end users from the start, it will be possible to address any concerns using open and honest dialogue and share the excitement! I am open to any and all ideas for how we could work together, so please do not hesitate to get in touch!

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Gillian Neeson

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OPTIMA Administrator - Strathclyde

My role in OPTIMA includes providing full organisational and administrative support to the PI, Centre Director and Management Team. This includes production of a mid-term funding review, contribution to funding application processes, complex budget administration, development of best practice models including drafting, establishing and maintaining standard operating procedures, managing student recruitment, industrial placements and external promotion activities where appropriate, organisation of meetings, classes and workshops, collating and producing learning support materials, attending committees as appropriate and general administrative duties.