MRI allows us to see inside the human body, providing non-invasive insights into injury and disease. It has great potential to further our understanding of brain, heart and body.
Mātai is a not-for-profit research centre with a focus on medical imaging. Our research will advance our understanding of the brain, heart, and body to deliver health, social, and economic benefits regionally and globally. A core research focus will be on concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and cardiovascular research, alongside projects across a range of issues that impact the well-being of our community, particularly Māori.
Find out how Mātai is developing world-leading technologies from Gisborne, what projects we’re working on, and how our work could impact our people.
This event is being held at the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club, 280E Grey Street, Gisborne, Tairāwhiti and can be attended physically or virtually.
You can drop into this event at any time.
Dr Samantha Holdsworth is a medical physicist with 19 years of experience in MRI acquisition, post-processing, and analysis. After 11 years at Stanford as a senior scientist, she returned home to Gisborne to establish Mātai, with the goal of making a difference to lives in her community. Samantha has successfully translated a variety of her MRI methodologies to clinical practice through her streamlined image reconstruction methods, leading to better detection of brain disorders and disease. She is a pioneer of fast, high resolution MRI methods and amplified MRI (a new method of visualising brain motion). Her key research interest is in the application of novel imaging technologies for the early detection of concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and obstructive disorders of the brain.
Leigh has 15 years’ experience in building up and supporting the radiology clinical practice at Hauora Tairāwhiti. Leigh is an experienced imaging technologist and has significant project management and leadership experience operating complex cross-functional project teams. She has an interest in supporting innovative research programmes which have strong translation into clinical practice for improving patient outcomes, especially for Maori. Leigh is also a representative of the Mātai Māori Advisory Board, and the Malaghan Māori Advisory Board.