Dr Catherine Morgan

BSc (Hons) Physics University of Leeds, MSc Medical Physics and Engineering, PhD Neuroimaging King’s College London

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Research Fellow

Research | Current

My current focus is on developing novel imaging methods to study Alzheimer’s disease as part of a nationwide Brain Research New Zealand funded study of mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s.

Areas of expertise

I have approximately eight years’ experience in MRI research, including pulse sequence programming, protocol optimisation, image post-processing, and image analysis. This includes experience in quantitative MRI (T1, T2 and multi-parametric mapping), fMRI methods, and techniques to measure brain perfusion (such as Arterial Spin Labelling) and blood flow. During my PhD I studied a variety of techniques to measure iron deposition in the brain, and for my first post-doctoral fellowship I investigated with new methods in oncology such as Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) to study glucose metabolism and pH alterations, and Equilibrium-MRI.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Chair of cross-faculty Neuro-Imaging User Group (NIUG) Committee

Organiser of  of cross-faculty Neuroimaging Research Group seminar series ("methods meetings")

Faculty of Science Equity Committee

Interim chair, School of Psychology Equity Committee


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Mallik, C., Bandula, S., Rice, S., Atkinson, D., Taylor, S., Moon, J., & Punwani, S. (9/5/2012). Optimisation of the bolus and infusion protocol for equilibrium magnetic resonance imaging. Poster presented at ISMRM 20th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia. Proceedings of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2012.
  • Kühn S, Romanowski, A., Schilling, C., Banaschewski, T., Barbot, A., Barker, G. J., ... Czech, K. (2012). Manual dexterity correlating with right lobule VI volume in right-handed 14-year-olds. NeuroImage, 59 (2), 1615-1621. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.08.100
  • Schneider, S., Peters, J., Bromberg, U., Brassen, S., Menz, M. M., Miedl, S. F., ... Barker, G. (2011). Boys do it the right way: sex-dependent amygdala lateralization during face processing in adolescents. NeuroImage, 56 (3), 1847-1853. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.02.019
  • Schumann, G., Loth, E., Banaschewski, T., Barbot, A., Barker, G., Büchel C, ... Gallinat, J. (2010). The IMAGEN study: reinforcement-related behaviour in normal brain function and psychopathology. Molecular psychiatry, 15 (12), 1128-1139. 10.1038/mp.2010.4

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 2, Room 227
New Zealand