Ulster University recently hosted MEG UK 2018 – an annual conference focused on bringing together research groups working with the brain imaging modality, Magnetoencephalography (MEG), in the UK.
The conference was organised by the Northern Ireland Functional Brain Mapping (NIFBM) facility of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC), a major research unit within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Ulster’s Magee campus.
Over three days, Ulster University welcomed researchers from across the world to its new, state-of-the-art teaching block in the Magee campus in Derry-Londonderry.
Professor Liam Maguire, Executive Dean, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment Ulster University, explained, ‘Ulster University has a strong reputation for brain mapping research courtesy of its Northern Ireland Functional Brain Mapping (NIFBM) facility. This is the only brain imaging system in Ireland – and one of only 10 in the whole of the UK, to use the recently-developed brain imaging modality MEG to measure brain activity.’
The jam-packed conference programme included keynote speakers from University Hospital Tübingen, Germany, Harvard Medical School, America, and McGill University in Canada; a one day educational workshop on MEG for BMI and Clinical Applications; a visit to Ulster University’s Intelligent Systems Research Centre and a conference dinner in the Guildhall.
Professor Girijesh Prasad, Director of the NIFBM facility, was one of the speakers at the conference.
He said, ‘It has been a privilege to organise and speak at this year’s MEG UK conference. MEG is an exciting area of research, providing a direct measure of electrical activity in the brain. MEG is non-invasive, extremely precise and more comfortable for patients. It has the potential to transform both clinical outcomes and research.’