Early in 1969, Dr E H Burrows of Southampton wrote to all British Consultant Neuroradiologists to suggest the formation of a “Visiting Neuroradiologists’ Club”.

He received so favourable a response that a meeting was arranged at the National Hospital, Queen Square, London, upon the invitation of Dr James Bull on Saturday March 22 1969. This meeting was attended by the 27 leading Neuroradiologists in the country who indicated their preference for a Society rather than a club and unanimously passed the motion of Drs Burrows and Sheldon “that a Neuroradiological Society be formed”.

All those present were to be Founder Members and an ad-hoc committee was formed to prepare by-laws for the proposed Society. A second meeting was held in Edinburgh on November 22 1969 at which Dr James Bull was elected President and Dr E H Burrows Secretary / Treasurer of the Society and the proposed bye-laws were tabled. At a third meeting, held at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, London on May 30 1970, the bye-laws were approved (including the name “British Society of Neuroradiologists”) and this date was agreed as the day on which the Society was founded.

The Society was formed in 1970 with the following objectives:

  • To further the study of neurological radiology and to stimulate research.
  • To encourage technological progress in the design and construction of apparatus for neuroradiology.
  • To promote the exchange of scientific and technical information by means of lectures and demonstrations.
  • To provide an opportunity for discussions between British and overseas neuroradiologists.
  • To promote progress of the neurological sciences by co-operation with related disciplines.

In 1975, the Society became a participating member of the Joint Neurosciences Committee, as a source of direct advice to the Department of Health on neuroradiology in the context of neurosurgical and neurological practice in the country.

In 1977 a medal was struck as a badge of office for the President of the Society, which carries the image of Edward Wing Twinning (1887 – 1939), the pioneer British Neuroradiologist.

In 1994, the Society decided to establish an annual invited lecture, to be given at the Annual Meeting, in memory of the founder member and first President of the Society, Dr James Bull,
to be known as the James Bull lecture.

Presidents

2014-16:
Chris Rowland-Hill

2012-14:
John Straiton
2010-12:
Anil Gholkar
2008-10:
R Sellar
2006-08:
J Britton
2004-06:
M D Hourihan
2002-04:
A J Molyneux
2000-02:
J R Bradshaw
1998-2000:
I F Moseley
1996-98:
V L McAllister
1994-96:
I Isherwood
1992-94:
B E Kendall
1990-92:
P Macpherson
1988-90:
J T Lamb
1986-88:
T D Hawkins
1984-86:
A A Donaldson
1982-84:
E P G H du Boulay
1980-82:
E H Burrows
1978-80:
P W E Sheldon
1976-78:
R D Hoare
1974-76:
W H T Shepherd
1972-74:
G I Gryspeerdt
1970-71:
J W D Bull

Secretary

2011-15:
Tony Goddard
2007-11:
M Gawne-Cain
2003-07:
J Straiton
1999-2003:
R J V Bartlett
1994-99:
G Bonsor

Treasurer

2013-17
Jonathan Gillard

2009-13
James Byrne
2005-09:
Jo Jarosz
2001-05:
A Clifton
1997-01:
C S Barker
1994-97:
W St. C Forbes

Secretary / Treasurer

1990-94:
I M Holland
1986-90
I F Moseley
1982-86:
V L McAllister
1978-82:
A S Bligh
1974-78:
A A Donaldson
1970-74:
E H Burrows