Isherwood Pump Priming Grant


Professor Ian Isherwood Pump Priming Grant

The 2020 Isherwood Pump Priming Grant was awarded to Dr Aysha Luis, from a very high quality field of applicants. You can find more details on her project below.

Details for the upcoming prize will be posted in due course.

Background: The award is dedicated in honour of Professor Ian Isherwood (1931-2018) and his pioneering work in neuroradiology.

Aims: The aim of the grant is to provide funding for a junior trainee or early years consultant to undertake an early phase, proof-of-concept study; typically, with a view to a subsequent substantive grant application. The research should relate specifically to a branch of neuroradiology.

Eligibility: Applicants must be members of the BSNR in good standing in the relevant membership category. Trainee members of the BSNR (associate members) are encouraged, but must be supervised by a BSNR member in good standing. In addition, full members of the BSNR holding appointments of any grade (but usually within 5 years of their first consultant level appointment) are also eligible to apply. Funding will be to support new work. Retrospective funding of completed work will not be considered.

Funding: A maximum of £10,000 will be awarded to any individual project.

Past Recipients

The 2020 Recipient was Dr Aysha Luis, supervised by Dr Tom Booth, at King's College London.

Project Title: Triggered Imaging in Glioblastoma based on clinical outcome Evaluation compared to Routine: a feasibility study (TIGER F)

Project summary: Glioblastoma is the most common brain tumour in adults associated with a high symptom burden and poor prognosis. Currently, patientsundergo surveillance imaging at pre-specified timepoints to evaluate disease status and assess treatment response. However, the evidence base for this imaging strategy is yet to be established, and little is known whether this has resulted in improved patient outcomes (morbidity, overall survival and quality of life). In this feasibility study, we propose an alternative approach, which is investigating triggered imaging based on patient reported outcome and performance-based outcome measures. The results of this study will inform a future larger scale, multi-centre, confirmatory RCT, to establish the optimal imaging schedule(s) for glioblastoma patients


Dr Aysha Luis, London


Dr Richard Pullicino, Liverpool


Dr Gerry Thompson, Edinburgh


Dr Michael Paddock, Sheffield

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