Cutting-edge imaging work taking place in our Clinical Research Facility has featured in a video as part of the NIHR’s Future of Children’s Research project.

The video features Professor David Edwards talking about his work as part of the Developing Human Connectome Project and shows scans taking place in our Imaging Clinical Research Unit; an integral part of our Clinical Research Facility. It features an interview with Ivan, whose two-year-old daughter Lotte-Tulip is having her brain mapped as part of the project.

The Developing Human Connectome Project is a study to map the growth of babies’ brains during pregnancy and how the brains continue to develop after birth. It is led by King’s College London, Imperial College London and Oxford University.

Lotte-Tulip, a participant in the Developing Human Connectome ProjectIvan said: “Being part of this trial has been nothing but a pleasure.” On the importance of research for healthcare, he said: “I think research is important because without it many of us wouldn’t even have been here in the first place.”

Professor Edwards talked about the new possibilities opened up by technological advances. He said: “We use cutting edge technology for imaging and this is advancing all the time, giving us the opportunity of doing things we couldn’t have dreamed of doing ten years ago.”

Our Imaging Clinical Research Unit is based at St Thomas’ Hospital, and provides facilities to run cutting-edge imaging trials in a range of conditions.

Ann-Marie Murtagh, Director of R&D Operations at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “It’s great to see families and patients having a good experience in our Clinical Research Facility. We couldn’t do our work to improve patients’ treatment without people like Ivan and Lotte-Tulip who take part in research.”

“We have fantastic infrastructure within our Imaging Clinical Research Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital to help support cutting-edge trials. We’re able to link in with the top academics at King’s College London, the dedicated staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Evelina London Children’s Hospital. We are also next door to state-of-the-art facilities like the Genomics Research Platform at our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. This helps us deliver world-leading research projects that will lead to better healthcare for patients across the country.”

Colourful images of brain scans from the Discovering the Human Connectome Project