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Dr Joanna Collingwood





School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)24 76 523152

Research Interests

Our group's primary focus is imaging and quantifying transition metal ion distribution and form in the human brain, supporting progress in techniques for early detection and diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders. We have strong interests in the storage and utilization of iron and other metals in the human brain, with particular emphasis on altered metal-ion metabolism in neurodegenerative disorders. We use a variety of analytical techniques, including synchrotron X-ray microfocus spectroscopy, to characterize the distribution and form of trace metals in tissues and protein aggregates. We are currently measuring the effects of regional brain iron changes on MRI parameters to explore biomarker potential, and this work includes a clinical imaging study of Parkinson's disease patients. Research background includes magnetic characterization of materials, with broad interests in magnetism and in biomedical imaging techniques.


Joanna trained in materials physics at York and Warwick, and then moved into the field of biomedical engineering, with a particular interest in brain imaging in neurodegenerative disorders. She spent six years at Keele University (UK) and University of Florida (UK), with fellowship support from the Alzheimer's Society, EPSRC, and RCUK. She has strong research links with the Materials Science and Engineering department and the McKnight Brain Institute at University of Florida, and with groups in EPSAM and ISTM at Keele University. Joanna is currently a member of the STFC Advisory Panel for Public Engagement, and she chaired the Diamond Light Source User Committee from its formation in 2009 until 2011.

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Describing iron dysregulation in neurodegenerative disorders
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    Trace Metals in Medicine Laboratory