Tim Stait-Gardner

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Stress, unaccompanied by signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, is known to decrease grey matter volume (GMV) in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and hippocampus but not the amygdala in humans. We sought to determine if this was the case in stressed mice using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and to identify the cellular constituents of(More)
Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. It is associated with abnormal placentation via poor placental invasion of the uterine vasculature by trophoblast cells, leading to poor placental perfusion, oxidative stress, and inflammation, all of which are implicated in its pathogenesis. A dyslipidemia characterized by low plasma levels of(More)
Endothelial dysfunction as a result of dysregulation of anti-angiogenic molecules secreted by the placenta leads to the maternal hypertensive response characteristic of the pregnancy complication of preeclampsia. Structural abnormalities in the placenta have been proposed to result in altered placental perfusion, placental oxidative stress, cellular damage(More)
The pulsed gradient spin-echo nuclear magnetic resonance experiment is a powerful tool for studying the constitution and structure of complex systems (e.g., polydisperse systems and porous media). In applications to polydisperse systems, it is important to consider the effects of obstruction, exchange, entanglement, and diffusional averaging processes(More)
Here, a new amphiphilic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent, a Gd(III)-chelated diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid conjugated to two branched alkyl chains via a dopamine spacer, Gd-DTPA-dopamine-bisphytanyl (Gd-DTPA-Dop-Phy), which is readily capable of self-assembling into liposomal nanoassemblies upon dispersion in an aqueous solution, is(More)
NMR diffusion measurements (or dNMR) provide a powerful tool for analysis of solution organization and microgeometry of the environment by probing random molecular motion. Being a very versatile method, dNMR can be applied to a large variety of samples and systems. Here, a brief introduction into dNMR and a summary of recent advances in the field are(More)
Nuclear magnetic resonance diffusion studies can be used to identify different compounds in a mixture. However, because the diffusion coefficient is primarily dependent on the effective hydrodynamic radius, it is particularly difficult to resolve compounds with similar size and structure, such as isomers, on the basis of diffusion. Differential solution(More)
In the modelling of translational motion, the concepts of frequency-dependent (of the angular fluctuations of the velocity field) self-diffusion and the dispersion tensor are commonly used in its characterisation. Both of these parameters are related to velocity autocorrelation. An alternative means of modelling translational motion is via the equilibrium(More)
Supramolecular self-assembling amphiphiles have been widely used in drug delivery and diagnostic imaging. In this report, we present the self-assembly of Gd (III) chelated DTPA-monophytanyl (Gd-DTPA-MP) amphiphiles incorporated within phytantriol (PT), an inverse bicontinuous cubic phase forming matrix at various compositions. The dispersed colloidal(More)
We predict that the phase cancellation of a precessing magnetisation field carried by a diffusing species in a bounded geometry under certain nuclear magnetic resonance pulsed magnetic field gradient sequences results in a small force over typically micrometre length scales. Our calculations reveal that the total magnetisation energy in a pore under the(More)