Dr. Donnie Cameron is Medical Physicist who specialises in developing and applying new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) methods. He obtained a Bachelor’s in Physical Sciences and a Master’s in Medical Physics from the University of Aberdeen—an institution fundamental to the development of MRI—and he received his Doctorate in Medical Imaging from that same centre in 2013. During his Ph.D. studies he spent a summer with the MRS Group at ETH Zurich, and this led to fruitful collaborations on proton MRS in the heart. After his Ph.D. he joined the Longitudinal Studies Section at the National Institute on Aging in the US, where his remit was to develop new MRI and MRS methods for studying skeletal muscle changes with ageing. He returned to the UK in 2016 to join Professor Michael Frenneaux at the University of East Anglia (UEA) as a Senior Research Associate. There he worked on cardiac and skeletal muscle MRS, and he was ultimately promoted to Lecturer in Clinical Magnetic Resonance Physics in 2017. He now divides his time between the UEA and Leiden University Medical Centre, where he is investigating new methods for quantifying skeletal muscle physiology and fibre architecture in muscular dystrophies with Dr Hermien Kan.
Donnie has received grant funding from numerous sources: Action Arthritis and the Gwen Fish Orthopaedic Trust have funded his work on musculoskeletal changes in rheumatoid arthritis; and the UEA has funded his investigations into sarcopaenia—the loss of muscle mass and strength with age.