Richard Edden

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Me, groomed

As Professor in the Division of Neuroradiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, I develop new methods and applications of in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in the human brain.


I grew up in Hampshire, in the southeast of England. My early education was undertaken at the Haslemere Heights and as the King Edward VII scholar at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford.

Both my graduate and undergraduate studies were undertaken within the Department of Chemistry of the University of Cambridge, as a scholar of Selwyn College. I did my PhD research in the lab of James Keeler, developing novel pulse sequences for small-molecule solution-state NMR spectroscopy.  

I spent two years as a postdoc working at Johns Hopkins University for Peter Barker in the area of in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and spectroscopic imaging (MRSI).   I then moved back to the UK, to take up an RCUK academic fellowship attached to the Schools of Biosciences and Chemistry at Cardiff University in Wales. I returned to Hopkins in 2009 as Assistant Professor. I was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013, and to Professor in 2017.


The research of my group lies in three main areas: MRS methdology; cognitive; and clinical neuroscience.  We develop MRS methodologies, and apply them to understand the healthy and unhealthy brain.  Often the methodological developments result directly from issues that arise during application studies - in this way we aim to develop useful, robust methods.  We have developed a suite of tools for the acquisition and analysis of edited MRS data, which we have disseminated widely.