University of Nottingham: Nottingham rising star receives prestigious Fellowship

An early career researcher whose research aims to transform how brain tumours are diagnosed and monitored, has been awarded a Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Dr Adam Berrington has been awarded the Fellowship for his research with colleagues in the School of Physics and Astronomy, working in the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre at the University. He is one of only 16 new appointments made by the Academy, marking 20 years of the prestigious Fellowship scheme.

Altered metabolism is central to brain tumours and their progression, yet this information is difficult to measure using existing scans in the clinic. Dr Berrington’s research will develop new imaging approaches with magnetic resonance spectroscopy to rapidly probe the metabolic state of brain tissue. Together with the use of powerful MR scanners, these fast imaging tools may ultimately transform our ability to non-invasively assess individual brain tumours and their response to therapy.

I am incredibly honoured and excited to have been awarded a Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Fellowship provides me a unique platform to focus solely on developing my research ideas and to work with national and international collaborators; pushing forward the technical capabilities of high-field MR for metabolic imaging. On a personal level, I am also immensely grateful for the security and support the Fellowship provides for my scientific career going forward.
Dr Adam Berrington
Research Fellowships are the Royal Academy of Engineering’s flagship scheme that support outstanding early-career researchers to become future research leaders in engineering. The fellowships are designed to advance excellence in engineering by providing funding for five years to allow awardees the freedom to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering.

In addition to funding, awardees also receive mentoring from selected Academy Fellows, who provide valuable advice and industry links.

We’re delighted that the Royal Academy of Engineering has recognised Adam’s potential and will support the exciting research that he has planned for the next five years. His work should really open up new applications of metabolic imaging using magnetic resonance spectroscopy at ultra-high field.
Professor Richard Bowtell, Director of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre

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