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Investing with us gives you a unique opportunity to collaborate with UCL’s fantastic research and our close ties with the NHS National Institutes of Health Research and Biomedical Research Centres. We are keen to strengthen our ties with excellent partners from charity, industry and government.

Imaging at UCL

There has been a sustained history of research investment in medical imaging at UCL, including the creation of major centres, such as the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (WTCN), the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) and the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI).

Major investments have been made to create state-of-the-art facilities such as UK’s first simultaneous PET-MRI system at UCLH (over £5M), the Proton Therapy Centre (over £20M), the Lord Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (£36M incl. £16M from UCL).

UCL is also investing over £15M in surgery and interventional sciences and has attracted in the last two years over £34M in image guidance for surgery, interventions and cancer imaging.

Strategic alliances with UCL Biomedical Research Centres

The CDT is integrated professionally and managerially with elements of the three NIHR Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) and the Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) in dementia associated with UCL. Uniquely in the UK, UCL is host to 3 major NIHR BRCs. One is associated with UCLH while the other two are associated with the specialist Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. All undertake internationally competitive experimental medicine (diagnostics and first-into man therapeutics) and a major component of each comprises biomedical imaging in humans. By aligning our CDT with these NIHR BRCs and this BRU and using our dual supervisory system to partner both a clinical and non-clinical supervisor for each project, we ensure a direct connection between the CDT and clinically relevant projects and environments. This enhances our ability to deliver transformational training to a generation literate in both imaging science and clinical translation.

How to Invest

What can I expect when I contact you?

When you first contact us, you’ll speak with our dedicated business manager. They’ll speak with you about the medical imaging field you are interested in, if you already have any specific project ideals in mind or research supervisors that you would like to work with from our existing list. Following that discussion, our business manager will then contact either those potential supervisors and clinicians you have identified or ones from the CDT whose field of expertise most closely matches the area you are interested in and arrange a meeting. They’ll also draw up a rough draft of the project(s) that were discussed.
During the meeting, you’ll be able to better develop the project in conjunction with the supervisors. We ensure that the project is pushing the medical imaging sector forward to deliver high quality and the latest results as well as addressing your company’s needs. We also ask that an industry supervisor is named. This person would be a point of contact for the future student. Once we have a proposal and contract negotiation is underway, which we will discuss on a case by case basis to ensure that terms and IP arrangements are agreeable for both parties, we will widely advertise your project with spotlights to ensure we get the best applicants. After a vigorous initial interview process for suitability by our CDT panel, we then invite our partners to meet the shortlisted candidates if they wish, to agree on the successful candidate for the project.

What is the level of investment?

Our project partners cover the studentship costs (fees, stipend and a consumable budget) for their successful candidate. CDT studentships are normally four years in length, consisting of one year of MRes study followed by three years of PhD study. We also ask that project partners agree to host their student for a period of time at their location if relevant. This is so that they can gain first hand industry experience, understanding and training and also helps to strengthen the bonds between the student and company.

Prof. Sebastien Ourselin
Centre Director
0203 549 5530

Get involved

Contact the Centre Director to discuss investment ideas and what it could mean for your company or research institute