Much as I love writing, bills must be paid and my day job is working as a scientist. I'm currently a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen creating some software to help people record transcranial ultrasound and tranform it into a 3D image of the head. It's a follow-up to the the Satellite Ultrasound in Rural Stroke (SURS) project. We're testing the use of ultrasound in ambulances to speed up the process of stroke diagnosis (and other conditions) by transmitting the images to hospital-based experts using satellite and mobile networks. It's good stuff that could really help people in remote and rural areas. I wrote an article about it here.
Earlier this year I finished up an EU project assessing 10 different telemedicine applications across 6 different northern European countries, called Implementing Transnational Telemedicine Solutions (ITTS). This is the project I gave a short talk on in Japan at the 2013 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual International Conference.

I have qualifications in psychology, criminology, clinical neuroscience, surgical technology and intelligent systems, and I've previously worked on brain imaging, telemedicine, computer-aided diagnosis and data mining projects, and have also worked as a medical writer/editor and analyst. In my previous post-doc job at University College London, I lectured on machine learning for a postgrad degree module, and can occasionally be talked into doing peer review and other such professional scientist things.

Below is a list of my publications, related to research from current and past projects.


Combining transcranial ultrasound with intelligent communication methods to enhance the remote assessment and management of stroke patients: Framework for a technology demonstrator. Health Informatics Journal (2015)

Telestroke assessment on the move: prehospital streamlining of patient pathways. Stroke (Vol. 46, 2015)

Rural health care: problems and solutions. British Journal of Hospital Medicine (Vol. 75, 2014)

Breast cancer risk scores in a standard screening population. Breast Cancer Management (Vol. 2, 2013)

Optimizing multi-dimensional terahertz imaging analysis for colon cancer diagnosis. Expert Systems with Applications (Vol. 40, 2013)

Implementing Transnational Telemedicine Solutions: a connected health project across six northern periphery countries. European Journal of General Practice (Vol. 19, 2013)

Recommendations for research design and reporting in computer-assisted diagnosis to facilitate meta-analysis. Journal of Biomedical Informatics (Vol. 45, 2012)

A systematic review of computer-assisted diagnosis in diagnostic cancer imaging. European Journal of Radiology (Vol. 81, 2012)

A systematic review of computer-assisted diagnosis used in mammography. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (Proceedings of CARS2011) (Vol. 6 June 2011)

Changes in performance of computer-assisted diagnosis and cancer imaging over time. Proceedings of the IADIS International e-Health Conference 2010, Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (July 2010)

The effect of image colour distortion on evaluation of donor liver suitability for transplantation. Computers in Biology and Medicine (Vol.34, Issue 7, 2004)

A real-time pointer to a pre-operative surgical planning index block of ultrasound images for image guided surgery. Proceedings of SPIE-IS&T Electronic Imaging (Vol. 5295, 2004)

Telemedicine in surgery. The British Journal of Surgery (Vol. 90, Issue 6 June 2003)

A comparison of headnet electrode arrays for electrical impedance tomography of the human head. Physiological Measurement (Vol. 24 Issue 2 May 2003)

Medical ultrasound image similarity measurement by human visual system (HVS) modelling. Lecture Notes in Computer Science - Biologically Motivated Computer Vision 2002 (Vol. 2525)

A comparison of techniques to optimize measurement of voltage changes in electrical impedance tomography by minimizing phase shift errors. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging (Vol. 21 Issue 6 June 2002)

The limits of transparent depth perception with restricted field of view: Application in an augmented reality surgical microscope. Proceedings Of The Human Factors And Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (2001)

Electrical impedance tomography imaging of epileptic activity in humans. Neuroimage (2001)

Optimum four terminal impedance measurements from the surface of a sphere. Biomedical applications of EIT, EPSRC 3rd Engineering Network meeting, London. (2001)

Imaging of interictal epileptiform activity using electrical impedance tomography. Proceedings of the XI International Conference on Electrical Bioimpedance (2001)