Professor Parker is Director of the University of Birmingham Positron Imaging Centre, dedicated to applying variants of the medical imaging technique Positron Emission Tomography to study flows in engineering and the physical sciences. In particular, the technique Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) enables a small radioactively-labelled particle to be accurately tracked as it moves between the detectors of a positron camera. Professor Parker is co-author of over 120 publications in refereed journals. In 2008 he was awarded the Institute of Physics’ Joule Medal “for the creation of positron emission particle tracking as a practical tool in a wide variety of engineering applications”.
Professor Parker is also responsible for the Birmingham MC40 cyclotron. In addition to producing the short-lived radioisotopes required by the Positron Imaging Centre, the cyclotron is used for research in areas ranging from medicine to materials sciences, and (operating as Alta Cyclotron Services Ltd) provides commercial irradiation services.
Professor Parker is programme director of the MSc in Medical and Radiation Physics.