Zentrum für MR-Forschung, PD Dr. phil​. ​ Ruth O’Gorman Tuura Leiterin Zentrum für ​MR-Forschung​

Prof. Dr.
O'Gorman Tuura

Zentrum für MR-Forschung
Schwerpunkte: Paediatric Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)
Akademischer Werdegang

2013: Venia legendi (Habilitation) in Pediatric MR Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland 
2006: PhD in Neuroimaging, King’s College London, UK 
2000: Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Physics, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, UK 
1998: MSc in Radiation Physics with Medical Applications, University College London 
1997: BA in Physics and Mathematics, Williams College, MA, USA


2011: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training, Center for Clinical Research, University of Zürich, Switzerland; Joint Clinical Trials Office, King’s College London, UK 
2007: Chartered Scientist (CSci), UK science council 
2007: Member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (MIPEM) 
2005: State registration as a UK clinical scientist (SRCS)

Preise und Ehrungen
  • 2014: Andres-Giedion Preis, Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Radiologie
Tätigkeiten in Expertengremien
  • seit 2019: Secretary, vice-chair, chair, ISMRM pediatric study group 
  • seit 2018: Steering committee member, EXCITE Zürich
  • seit 2015: Center for Experimental and Clinical Imaging Technologies (EXCITE) Zürich
  • seit 2000: International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)        
  • seit 1999: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
  • Normal development of brain structure and function in neonates, children, and adolescents
  • Neural correlates of atypical development in infants or children born preterm, with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, congenital heart disease, epilepsy, or ADHD
  • Advanced MR imaging and spectroscopy methods (arterial spin labelling perfusion MRI, GABA- and lactate-edited MR spectroscopy, functional MRI, diffusion MRI, quantitative MR relaxometry) and their translation into clinical practice
  • Assessment of MRI measures as biomarkers for outcome in infants and children at risk for neurodevelopmental impairment.
Eingeworbene Drittmittel
  • 2021-2025: «Biomarkers of Brain Clearance During Sleep». Principal Investigator: PD Dr. Ruth O’Gorman Tuura. Co-investigators: PD Dr. Lars Michels, Dr. Anton Gietl. Partners: Prof Reto Huber, Prof Christian Baumann, Prof Christoph Hock, PD Dr. Valerie Treyer. Grant agency: Swiss National Science Foundation
  • 2019-2021: «Critical periods in typical and atypical neurodevelopment: Sleep-related regulatory processes». Principal Investigator: Dr. Carina Volk. Co-investigators: PD Dr. Ruth O’Gorman Tuura, Prof Reto Huber. Grant agencies: OPO Foundation and Anna Müeller Grocholski Foundation 
  • 2018-2021: «Executive function and brain maturation in children with severe congenital heart disease: a window of opportunity for intervention». Principal Investigator: Prof Bea Latal, co-principal Investigator: PD Dr. Ruth O’Gorman Tuura. Grant agency: Swiss National Science Foundation 
  • 2018-2020: «Neuroshape: a neurosurgical planning interface using statistical shape models of the thalamus» Investigators: PD Dr Ruth O'Gorman Tuura, PD Dr. Andras Jakab, Prof Orcun Goksel. Grant agency: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, UK
  • 2017-2020: «SleepLoop- mobile sleep enhancement technologies for better health and life». Co-applicants: Prof. C. Baumann, Prof R. Huber, Prof. W. Karlen. Hochschulmedizin Zurich flagship grant.
  • 2017-2018: «Improving fetal and neonatal diagnostic imaging: a feasibility study using diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging phantoms». Investigators: PD Dr. Andras Jakab & PD Dr. Ruth O’Gorman Tuura. Grant agency: Stiftung für Wissenschaftliche Forschung an der Universität Zürich
  • 2017-2018: «How does the brain change its structure and connections in congenital diseases before birth?» Principal Investigator: PD Dr. Andras Jakab. Co-investigators: PD Dr. Ruth O’Gorman Tuura, Prof Christian Kellenberger, Prof Georg Langs, Prof Daniela Prayer. Grant agencies: OPO Stiftung & Forschungs-Zentrum für das Kind (FZK).
  • 2017: «How does open fetal surgery affect brain development and neural connectivity?» Investigators: Dr Andras Jakab & PD Dr. Ruth O’Gorman Tuura.  Grant agency: Emdo Stiftung.
  • 2016-2018: «Typical and atypical structural brain development in number processing». Principal investigator: PD Dr. sc. nat. Karin Kucian. Co-investigators: Prof Michael von Aster, PD Dr. Ruth O’Gorman Tuura, Dr. Ursina McCaskey. Grant agency: NOMIS Foundation.
  • 2016: «Neuronale Korrelate der Rehabilitationstherapie bei Kindern mit erworbenen Hirnschädigungen» Principal investigator: Dr. Volker Ressel. Co-investigators: PD Dr Ruth O’Gorman Tuura, PD Dr. Huub van Hedel. Grant agency: Anna Müller Grocholski Stiftung
  • 2014-2015: «Improving imaging for preoperative neurosurgical targeting and intraoperative image guidance». Principal investigator: Dr. Ruth O’Gorman, UCL Neuroscience ZNZ Collaboration Grant
  • 2013-2015: «Tailored active therapy» Investigators: PD Dr. Huub van Hedel, PD Dr. Andreas Meyer-Heim, Clinical Research Priority Program Neuro-Rehab of the University of Zurich
  • 2014: «Multimodal imaging of brain development in ADHD». Principal Investigator: Dr. Ruth O’Gorman.  Grant agency: Emdo Stiftung.
  • 2013-2014: «The three functional zones of the subthalamic nucleus: A multimodal approach to investigate outcome and side effects of deep brain stimulation in the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson patients with improved MR-imaging». Principal Investigator: Dr. Heide Baumann-Vogel. Grant agency: Hurka Stiftung
  • 2012-2013: «Executive function in preterm born children: an integrative approach from genetics to brain function». Principal Investigator:  Dr. Cornelia Hagmann. Co-investigators: PD Dr Ruth O’Gorman, Prof Beatrice Latal, Prof Reto Huber. Grant agency: Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP)
  • 2011-2013: «Linking the major system markers for typical and atypical brain development: a multimodal imaging and spectroscopy study». Principal Investigator:  Dr. Ruth O’Gorman. Co-investigators: Prof Daniel Brandeis, PD Dr Peter Klaver, Dr. Lars Michels. Grant agency: Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP)
  • 2011-2013: «Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Spectroscopy (MRS) biomarkers of neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy». Principal Investigator: Dr. Ruth O’Gorman. Grant agency: UBS Stiftung
  • 2011-2012: «Neuro-plasticity after training in children with and without developmental dyscalculia» Principal Investigator:  Dr. Karin Kucian. Co-investigators: Prof Michael von Aster, Dr. Ruth O’Gorman. Grant agency: Forschungs-Zentrum für das Kind (FZK). 
  • 2011-2013: «Investigation of different sedation techniques for elective MRI in children, using clinical and MRI-based outcome parameters» Principal Investigator: Dr Achim Schmitz. Co-investigators: Dr. Malek Makki, Dr. Ruth O’Gorman, Prof Markus Weiss, Dr. Ianina Scheer, PD Dr. Christian Kellenberger. Grant Agency: UBS Stiftung
  • 2009-2010: «Harnessing cellular processes to repair neurological damage in patients with stroke» Principal Investigator:  Prof. Lalit Kalra. Co-investigators: Prof Clive Ballard, Dr. Ruth O’Gorman, Prof Gareth Barker, Prof Steve Williams. Grant agency: The Stroke Association, UK