Dr Mustafa Almuqbel

ARRT, CAMRT, PhD

Research Fellow

New Zealand Brain Research Institute, Christchurch

Radiographer

Pacific Radiology Group,

Phone: (+64 3) 378 6905

By training Dr. Almuqbel is a medical imaging specialist with a subspecialty in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Mustafa completed his formal MRI clinical training in Canada. In 2009, Mustafa took his first step into the research world by pursuing his masters degree at the Centre of Advanced Imaging (CAI) of the University of Queensland, Australia. At the CAI, Mustafa’s work involved the application of MR spectroscopy in imaging breast cancer. In 2014, when Mustafa joined our Institute, he utilised the same technique (MR spectroscopy) with our Parkinson’s disease patients.

 

At NZBRI, Mustafa developed expertise in image processing, Bayesian analysis, and familiarity with the patient cohort, becoming an integral part of our Christchurch Parkinson’s disease imaging team. Over the course of his PhD, Mustafa explored other imaging metrics and their relationship to cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease. Hence, he also developed competency in using the common neuroimaging packages such as MATLAB, SPM, FSL, CONN, FreeSurfer, and R.

 

At NZBRI, a typical day may start with setting up a new imaging protocol on the MRI scanner, followed by processing brain data (e.g. structural, perfusion, or functional data), and finish by sitting beside one of the students to help explain an MRI concept or going through a data quality check.

 

Mustafa’s main area of research interest is neuroimaging, in particular, using different MRI techniques to quantify brain changes in relation to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s diseases.

 

Link to Dr Mustafa Almuqbel's Google Scholar page

Publications

Provided on request for non-commercial personal use by researchers.

2020

Download Compressed sensing in metal hip imaging: our experience.
Almuqbel, M., Melzer, T. R., Oram, B. J., Keenan, R. J. (2020). Compressed sensing in metal hip imaging: our experience. MAGNETOM Flash, 77.
Download Test-retest reliability and sample size estimates after MRI scanner relocation.
Melzer, T.R., Keenan, R.J., Leeper, G.J., Kingston-Smith, S., Felton, S.A., Green, S.K., Henderson, K.J., Palmer, N.J., Shoorangiz, R., Almuqbel, M.M., Myall, D.J. (2020). Test-retest reliability and sample size estimates after MRI scanner relocation. Neuroimage 211, 116608. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116608

2019

Download Beta amyloid deposition is not associated with cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease.
Melzer, T. R., Stark, M. R., Keenan, R. J., Myall, D. J., MacAskill, M. R., Pitcher, T. L., Livingston, L., Grenfell, S., Horne, K., Young, B., Pascoe, M., Almuqbel, M. A., Wang, J., Marsh, S., Miller, D. H., Dalrymple-Alford, J. C., Anderson, T. J. (2019). Beta amyloid deposition is not associated with cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease. Frontiers in Neurology, 10, 391. 10.3389/fneur.2019.00391

2018

Download  MRI artefact in the rectum caused by ingested orthodontic brackets.
Almuqbel, M. M,  Leeper, G. J.,  Petelo, J. F., Page, T. J.,  Melzer, T. R. (2018).  MRI artefact in the rectum caused by ingested orthodontic brackets. Radiography, 24, e48-e50. 10.1016/j.radi.2017.10.002
Download Practical implications of motion correction with motion insensitive radial k-space acquisitions in MRI.
Almuqbel, M. M., Leeper, G., Palmer, D. N., Mitchell, N. L., Russell, K. N., Keenan, R., Melzer, T. R. (2018). Practical implications of motion correction with motion insensitive radial k-space acquisitions in MRI. British Journal of Radiology, 91:20170593, 1-5. 10.1259/bjr.20170593

2016

Download Metabolite ratios in the posterior cingulate cortex do not track cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease in a clinical setting.
Almuqbel, M., Melzer, T.R., Myall, D.J., MacAskill, M.R., Pitcher, T.L., Livingston, L., Wood, K., Keenan, R.J., Dalrymple-Alford, J.C., Anderson, T.J. (2016). Metabolite ratios in the posterior cingulate cortex do not track cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease in a clinical setting. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 22, 54-61. 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2015.11.008

Abstracts and Short papers

2015

Almuqbel, M, Melzer, TR, Myall, DJ, MacAskill, MR, Livingston, L, Pitcher, TL, Dalrymple-Alford, JC, Anderson, TJ (2015). Longitudinal magnetic resonance spectroscopy in Parkinson’s disease. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.

2014

Almuqbel, M., Melzer, T., Myall, D., MacAskill, M., Livingston, L., Wood, K., Pitcher, T., Dalrymple-Alford, J. , Anderson, T. (2014). Cognitive status in Parkinsons disease characterised by magnetic resonance spectroscopy.  Proceedings of the International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR), Queenstown, New Zealand,  32, 34.