Hull York Medical School


Applications of morphometrics to diagnostic imaging

Modalities and Forensics


A major focus of interest continues to be the development of tools for geometric morphometric analysis and the application of these to imaging modalities (such as neuro and diagnostic imaging) and to shape variability and changes over short time periods such as are encountered in the study of motion. One particular strand that is being pursued at present is the study of facial motion in health and disease with aim of providing improved assessment of disease course and treatment outcomes.

Facial Animation

A facial animation derived from facial motion analysis using geometric morphometric methods. To see this animation please double click on the image.  From joint work with Tim Hutton, Marcus Carr, Peter Hammond, Amar Ghattaura and Naveen Cavale, UCL.

A further strand concerns the application of GMM to evaluation of static and dynamic results of surgery and other interventions  aimed at correcting developmental anomalies of the craniofacial complex.  

Differences between control and unilateral cleft lip and palate mean faces

Collaborators include Ross Hobson, Peter Hodginson, C Rye Mattick, Iman Boughaigis, University of Newcastle and Bernard Tiddeman, University of St Andrews.


A further application of geometric morphometrics that is being actively pursued with colleagues in Australia, USA and the UK is to the identification of human cranial remains. This work is supported by the Australian Research Council.

Australian Research Council DP1092538– Franklin, Oxnard, Dadour, O’Higgins, Cardini, Hoogewerff, Green, Marks. Novel approaches to the identification of Human Remains: integration of studies of bone form and chemistry (A$410,000) 2010-2013