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Annual Meeting Summary

BSNR Annual Meeting 2019 Highlights

On behalf of the organising committee of the BSNR in Cardiff we would like to thank all the contributors and attendees of this year’s meeting, which was held at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House from the 10th-11th of October.

The Trainee Neuroradiological Symposium was held on the day before the meeting on the 9th of October at the same venue. The topics of the trainee day were ‘Neurodegeneration and Toxic/Metabolic disorders’. Altogether six lectures and four small group workshops focussed on teaching about dementias, movement disorders and toxic/metabolic causes of neurodegeneration. We would like to take this opportunity to again thank the entire faculty for coming to Cardiff and contributing by way of delivering excellent lectures and workshops which ensured a successful and well received trainee day.

Following a new format, the BSNR started with the conference dinner held on the eve of the meeting at the home of the Welsh National Rugby team, the iconic Principality Stadium. The day of the dinner coincided with the World Cup International Rugby match in Japan, Wales beating Fiji by 29 – 17. All attendees of the BSNR meeting, the attendees of the BSNR Trainee Neuroradiological Symposium and the sponsors were welcome to join a tour of the stadium and the dinner held in the President’s Lounge.

Principality Stadium, Cardiff

This year’s BSNR meeting covered a wide range of clinical and research aspects of neuroradiology. Ten invited lectures and more than 20 scientific presentations focused on varying aspects of neuroradiology, neurooncology, neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation, neurosurgery, vascular and interventional neuroradiology and neuroradiological innovations. Delegates had the opportunity to peruse more than 30 posters, presented in the Calon Lobby of the Hotel. We would like to congratulate Dr. Ayesha Jameel who won this year’s Burrows prize for the best oral scientific presentation on "Treating movement disorders with sound waves: disrupting the cerebello-thalamic-cortical tremor pathways with MR guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS)". We would also like to congratulate Kathryn Twentyman for winning this year’s BSNR poster prize for her poster "Is gadolinium-enhanced MRI necessary for meningioma surveillance?".

The Society’s Conference Dinner was hosted at the National Museum of Wales, on Thursday evening the 10th of October. The drinks reception gave BSNR delegates a chance to browse through art exhibits at the museum, whilst networking with friends and colleagues. Everybody was invited to enjoy a variety of dishes, including traditional national specialities including Welsh lamb, leeks, Welsh sausage and Welsh cakes, at the main event, whilst listening to music played on the national instrument of Wales, the harp.

Left: Dinner venue, the National Museum of Wales. Right: Harpist playing at the Conference Dinner

We would like to give special thanks to our eponymous lecturers. It was a great honour to host Dr George Rodesch for the Brian Kendall lecture. He impressed with an excellent detailed, yet clear and practical lecture on ‘Spinal cord arteriovenous shunts’. Prof Derek Jones managed to enthral the audience at this year’s James Bull lecture with his captivating presentation on ‘Ultra Strong Magnetic Field Gradients’.    

Left: Dr George Rodesch (right) with Newcastle interventional trainee Dr Amar Chotai. Right: Professor Derek Jones (left) with BSNR President Dr Norman McConachie.

It was an honour and great pleasure to host this year’s annual meeting of the British Society of Neuroradiologists in Cardiff. We hope that all attendees enjoyed the meeting as much as we did and would like to give our thanks once again to all delegates, presenters, sponsors, the professional organising team, as well as the hotel and catering staff for their contributions.


Stefan Schwarz, Maggie Hourihan, Andrea Liu and Anand Sastry