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Annual Meeting

Cardiff 10-11 October 2019


Message from the Organising Team of the BSNR 2019 in Cardiff


Dear BSNR members, Friends and Colleagues, 


We have the pleasure of hosting this year’s meeting of the British Society of Neuroradiologists and it is an honour to invite you to join us at the meeting in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. We strive to provide a high-quality meeting with lectures from national and international leading specialists in neuroradiology and the neurosciences. The meeting will also give ample opportunity to catch up and network with colleagues and friends.


For this year’s BSNR conference we have decided to slightly change the format by having the meeting on weekdays, a Thursday and a Friday, with the SpR trainee day on the Wednesday. This allows us to host the Conference Dinner together with the trainee day Dinner on Wednesday, on the eve of the conference and the Society Black Tie Conference Dinner on Thursday evening. The conference will end with the Friday afternoon lectures, leaving time for the delegates to travel home or to spend a relaxing weekend in Cardiff or to explore the beautiful South of Wales. 


Neuro-oncology remains a central and important part of the workload of neuroradiologists. It is a great honour to have Prof. Marion Smits from Erasmus MC in Rotterdam as a speaker. She holds leading positions in many key international organisations including the ESR, ESMRMB and EORTIC and heads a large research group with a neuro-oncology focus. We very much look forward to her talk in which she will update us on opportunities and challenges in neuro-oncology imaging.  


There has been a steady progress in recent years using advanced imaging techniques like neuromelanin imaging, nigrosome MRI and functional MRI to delineate Parkinson’s disease induced MRI changes. It is a great pleasure to invite Prof. Dorothee Auer from the University of Nottingham to give a lecture on the latest development of Imaging in Parkinson’s disease. Prof. Auer is the Head of Radiological Sciences and Director of the Precision Imaging Beacon of Excellence at the University of Nottingham and leads a large research group focusing on neurodegeneration, mental health, chronic pain and brain cancer research.    


Diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord arterio-venous malformations remains a formidable challenge for diagnostic and interventional neuroradiologists. It is a great privilege to have Dr Georges Rodesch deliver the annual Brian Kendall Lecture in which he will give us his view on how to best diagnose and treat spinal cord AV shunts. Dr. Rodesch heads the therapeutic and diagnostic neuroradiology service at Hopital Foch in Paris and is the former president of the World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (WFITN, 2013-2015).


The continuous development of better and new treatments for neuroinflammatory diseases has increased the demand of neuroradiological surveillance in this patient group. It is a pleasure to have Dr. Emma Tallantyre, from the University Hospital of Wales, to give a talk on challenges in treatment and diagnosis of inflammatory CNS diseases. 


Neurosurgical intervention remains the greatest chance and only hope for many epilepsy patients to be cured.  Prof. Khalid Hamandi and Prof. William Gray, from the University Hospitals of Wales, will update us on the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques for epilepsy patients.


It is a great pleasure to have Dr. Steve Connor give a lecture on imaging in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment planning of vestibular schwannomas. Dr. Connor is a past president of the British Society of Head and Neck Imaging (BSHNI) and his main research interest is in head and neck cancer, skull base and otology imaging. 


In his lecture, Dr. Tom Hughes, from the University Hospitals of Wales, will relate intricate clinical findings in stroke patients to imaging abnormalities. Dr. Hughes is the Clinical Director for Medical Neurosciences in the University Hospitals of Wales in Cardiff. 


It is a great honour to have Prof. Derek Jones giving the annual James Bull lecture. Recent hard- and software advances have allowed the development of ultra-high gradient MRI techniques and Prof. Jones will give an overview of what these gradients can do for neuroradiologists. Prof. Jones is the director of the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) and has recently been awarded an MBE for services to medical imaging and the promotion of science engagement.


We have the great pleasure of Prof. Richard Wise updating us on multiparametric MRI of vascular and metabolic function. Prof. Wise is the Head of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging group at CUBRIC, leading a large research team with the aim to further advance and develop functional brain mapping techniques.   


Dr. Gallichan is a lecturer at CUBRIC who leads MRI motion correction research projects. He will present on new and promising MRI motion correction techniques which help to optimise MR image quality.  


Scientific presentation from neuroradiological and aligned research specialities will be a core component of this meeting. The meeting will include several paper sessions consisting of oral presentations on original neuroscience research.


We would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and support. We encourage all delegates to interact with our sponsoring companies and their representatives, especially during the coffee and lunch breaks. 


Cardiff is a colourful, vibrant city by the Severn Estuary just south of the Brecon Beacons National Park Wales. It has a recently developed water front area “Cardiff Bay” and offers many sight-seeing and shopping opportunities. We are proud to host the Wednesday evening Conference dinner in the Principality Stadium, the home of Welsh Rugby and the place of the most recent six nations triumph for the Welsh National Rugby Team. The Society Black Tie Conference Dinner will take place amongst stunning pieces of art in the National Museum Wales.    


We hope to attract as many delegates as possible to the meeting and aim for a stimulating, vibrant and exciting conference in Cardiff.


 Stefan Schwarz, Maggie Hourihan, Andrea Liu and Anand Sastry


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For further information email the local organisers