Isherwood Pump Priming Grant


Professor Ian Isherwood Pump Priming Grant

The British Society of Neuroradiologists is pleased to announce the call for the
2023 Professor Ian Isherwood Pump Priming Grant

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 are encouraged to apply, but must be
supervised by a full 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.

Form of Application and expectations:
Applications should comprise:
1. Summary of the proposed project. Four page (A4); to include background, methods,
outcome objectives, timelines and a description of what the grant support will
specifically fund.
2. Current CV
3. Letter(s) of support from the research supervisor(s)

Recipients will be expected to present the results of their research project at the BSNR
annual meeting in either 2024 or 2025, and provide a final written report to the Academic

Method of Assessment: Proposals will be assessed by a panel nominated by the BSNR
Academic Subcommittee.
• The closing date for applications for the 2023 award is 17:00 Sunday 30 th July 2023
• Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held as web-based video interviews in
Early September
• Applicants will be notified of the outcome before the BSNR annual meeting in late
September 2023
Further enquires and applications should be made to by email to
Applications must be received by 5pm on the closing date.

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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