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Hamied Ahmad Haroon


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Please see my CV for details including my qualifications, experience, publications and skills

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ISBElogo_col_on_whiteSince May 2004, I have been working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Magnetic Resonance Neuroimaging in the Imaging Science and Biomedical Engineering (ISBE) Research Group, which is part of the Research School of Cancer and Imaging Sciences, within the School of Medicine, in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, at The University of Manchester



I work with Professor Geoff J M Parker on magnetic resonance diffusion image analysis and white-matter fibre tractography



My research interests include

o   analysis of high angular resolution diffusion MRI data with q-ball and other multi-fibre reconstruction methods

o   implementation of probabilistic tractography using the Probabilistic Index of Connectivity (PICo)

o   developing methods to generate better probability density functions (PDF) for probabilistic tractography, such as model-based bootstrapping of diffusion data to obtain a distribution of fibre orientations from the ODFs generated by q-ball

o   techniques for segmenting different brain tissues, including cortical and sub-cortical structures

o   using partitioning schemes to define cortical regions based on anatomical landmarks, and seeding probabilistic tractography from these cortical regions

o   determining the level of connection between cerebral regions from probabilistic tractography, and comparing against invasive tracer studies in animal models

o   previously, characterizing human tumours in vivo using pharmacokinetic modelling applied to first-pass dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI


My colleagues working in MR diffusion and tractography research are Dr Karl V Embleton, Dr David M Morris, Mr David Ellard and Mr Hojjat Azadbakht.

I have collaborative links with Professor Matt A Lambon Ralph, Professor Nikos K Logothetis, Dr Daniel C Alexander, Dr Tim B Dyrby and Dr Lester Melie-Garcia.



bbsrc_logoOn 1st September 2006 I started working on a 3-year research project funded by a Grant awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (Grant reference BB/E002226/1). Geoff Parker is Principal Investigator on this Grant and Matt Lambon Ralph is a Co-Applicant. I am the other Co-Applicant and also Researcher-Co-Investigator.


The project is entitled “Temporal Lobe Anatomical Connectivity”, and this is the summary:


The aim of this study is to establish the degree of cross-species homology in white matter connections within and to/from the temporal lobes. We will use diffusion weighted MRI (DWI) to provide non-invasive probabilistic anatomical connectivity information in the human brain and compare this with connectivity information derived from animal models. High resolution postmortem DWI data will allow 'gold standard' comparison with literature and electronic database information regarding anatomical connectivity. This will be compared with DWI data acquired in vivo in a population of healthy brains to define the degree of population variability in temporal lobe connectivity and the experimental limits of in vivo DWI tractography. Cross-species homology will be investigated via a series of exemplar experiments. A significant additional end point will be the creation of an online database of temporal lobe anatomical connectivity, which will be made available to researchers, forming a unique and valuable resource for the neuroscience community


David Ellard is my co-worker on this project. Our collaborators on this project are Nikos Logothetis and Tim Dyrby



I was a PhD degree research student in the same place between 2000 and 2004, under the supervision of Professor Alan Jackson and Professor Steve R Williams. My PhD Thesis is on “First Pass Pharmacokinetic Modelling in Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Application in Human Oncology”. I worked closely with Dr Pawel Tokarczuk, Dr Tufail A Patankar, Professor Danielle Balériaux, Dr David L Buckley and Geoff Parker during my research degree programme.

By the Most Merciful Grace of Almighty ALLAH, I submitted my Thesis on 30th September 2004 and passed my Viva on 28th February 2005. Dr Mark Horsfield and Dr Charles Hutchinson were my external and internal examiners, respectively


I hold a BSc (Hons) in Physics and an MSc in Medical Physics


I am an Associate Member of the Institute of Physics and of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

I am also a Student Member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and its British Chapter









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