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Tom MacGillivray

Senior Research Fellow

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, University of Edinburgh
Academic Practice
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
The application of laser anemometry in acoustic measurement standards
Master of Science, University of Edinburgh
Acoustic pulse reflectometry for the measurement of tubular structures
Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh


  • Specialises in the field of image processing and analysis for clinical research
  • My team staffs the Image Analysis Core laboratory of the Edinburgh Imaging QMRI facility joint with the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility
  • The laboratory provides specialist support to investigators accessing data from a variety of modalities including MR, CT, PET, ultrasound and retinal imaging
  • Experience facilitating research that features retinal imaging and includes studies on stroke, cardiovascular disease, MS, and cognitive change with age
  • Co-ordinates an interdisciplinary initiative called VAMPIRE (Vascular Assessment and Measurement Platform for Images of the REtina) - aim is efficient, semi-automatic analysis of retinal images

My research in a nutshell

Image analysis allow the identification of biomarkers to aid in diagnosis, quantify disease progress, assess treatment response and inform decision making in drug discovery. In addition it is increasingly possible to relate imaging to genetic traits in individual and population studies. My team’s expertise helps to ensure that the appropriate imaging data are acquired, interpreted and analysed correctly in order to access their full potential.

Current Research Interests

  • Development of novel image processing algorithms for use in cutting-edge medical imaging and clinical research
  • Multi-modal retinal scanning - fundus camera, Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope, OCT, Auto Fluorescence
  • Advance retinal analysis algorithm development - see VAMPIRE project for more details - http://vampire.computing.dundee.ac.uk/
  • Retinal imaging derived biomarker identification for neurodegeneration and systemic disease
  • Engaging with Industry to improve the acquisition and broadening the application of retinal imaging

Research activities & awards

  1. 6th MICCAI Workshop of Ophthalmic Image Analysis

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. Looking into the eye to see the brain

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Schools engagement

  3. Image processing and analysis: issues and successes

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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