Welcome to the Neurodegeneration Imaging Group

The Neurodegeneration Imaging Group (NIG) is headed by Marios Politis and primarily focuses in the use of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) molecular imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Clinical observation to study common (Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis) and less common (Huntington’s disease, Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Corticobasal degeneration) neurodegenerative disorders.

NIG develops and establishes a range of new projects and approaches for investigating aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, progression, and identification of novel molecular targets for pharmacotherapy in neurodegenerative disorders. Our studies commonly involve PET and MR imaging together with clinical observation. We are very interested in brain response to conventional, novel and restorative treatment.

We have a rapidly expanding work portfolio, team and collaborative agenda, and we are looking to accommodate several levels of clinical and non-clinical research staff. As part of our large ongoing research in the field of neurodegenerative disorders we have capacity to accommodate academic visiting appointments for periods of up to 24 months.

Without the generosity of people and funding bodies our research would not be possible. Donations help us to make a real difference in the lives of people affected by neurodegenerative disorders. Funding support enables us to work towards achieving our ultimate ambition – to get closer to a cure, and improve life for everyone affected by neurodegenerative disorders. Please contact us if you would like to fund our academic research.

Funders and Partners

We acknowledge and we are very grateful to our funders and partners:

NIG History & Development

The NIG was formed by Marios Politis in 2013 after a generous donation by the Edmond J. Safra Foundation (http://www.edmondjsafra.org/) and Lily Safra Hope Foundation. Marios Politis received training and established a part of his professional career at the MRC Cyclotron Unit, which was the world’s first cyclotron based facility opened in 1955 (photo on the left). The MRC Cyclotron Unit led for decades a number of innovations in the field of PET imaging before ceasing operations in 2012.

NIG headquarters are based at the state-of-the-art Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London (photo on the right). The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute is set to be one of Europe’s leading centres for interdisciplinary neuroscience research.

We are delighted that NIG, after only few years of operation, has raised over £20 million for cutting-edge research in neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The group is hosting 20 talented members from a diverse background and following international recruitment. NIG operations and research & development are expanded rapidly in UK and abroad.

NIG History & Development

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Our academic network is expanding fast. Current collaborative work and institutional partnerships are taking place across the UK, Europe and North America and include:

London & Rest of UK

  • Cardiff University
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Cambridge
  • University College London
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Exeter
  • St George’s University


  • Lund University
  • University of the Aegean
  • University of Athens
  • University of Basel
  • University of Groningen
  • University of Salerno
  • University of Transylvania
  • Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
  • Stavanger University
  • Masaryk University


  • University of Milan
  • University of Naples
  • University of Pisa
  • University of Rome
  • University of Thessaloniki
  • University of Padua
  • University of Sassari
  • University of Cagliari
  • University of Crete

North America

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Columbia University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Calgary