Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Professor Derek Jones

Professor Derek Jones

Director, Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), UK
Professorial Fellow, ACU

Professor Derek Jones is a world-leading expert in microstructural magnetic resonance imaging, mostly diffusion MRI. He is the Director of the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) in the UK, one of the largest brain research imaging centres in Europe, with four MRI scanners, MEG, EEG and TMS laboratories (

In the past five years, Professor Jones has been a lead applicant/co-applicant on grants totalling over AUD59m, including a large Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust, and project and equipment grants from the Medical Research Council and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He currently holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.

Professr Jones has published extensively on all aspects of microstructural imaging, from basic acquisition/sampling schemes, through artefact identification and amelioration, fibre tractography algorithms, application in healthy and diseased brains, and on the interpretation and misinterpretation of diffusion MRI and microstructural measurements. His work on microstructural imaging (140+ full peer-reviewed papers), has over 17,000 citations.

Professor Jones was the Deputy Editor for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine for five years, handling papers on diffusion MRI. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and of the Royal Society for Biology. He was Programme Chair of the ISMRM in 2014 and he has twice served as the Chairman of the ISMRM Diffusion / Perfusion Study Group. Professor Jones has also edited the book Diffusion MRI: Theory, Methods and Applications published by Oxford University Press (2010), which is widely regarded as the definitive text on the subject.

Multi-scale and multi-modal coupling in the healthy and diseased brain:

Developing new MRI methods for quantifying tissue structure at the microscopic scale