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Annual Meeting

Georges Rodesch


Brian Kendall Lecture

"Spinal cord arteriovenous shunts: from microvascular anatomy to classification and endovascular treatment"


Dr Georges Rodesch is a Luxembourger physician born in Strasbourg (France). He has studied at the University Louis Pasteur in that city where he has got his MD degree in 1983. First interested in Neurosurgery, he began in 1985 a training in Diagnostic Neuroradiology at the Free University of Brussels in Hôpital Erasme. He is recognized specialist in Radiology in 1989 by the Ministry of Health in Belgium. Since 1987 he has been formed in Interventional Neuroradiology by Professor Lasjaunias at Hôpital Bicêtre in Paris. He has been appointed Associate Professor in this department where he stayed till 2002 before becoming Head of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology in Hôpital Foch, but further collaborated with Professor Lasjaunias till his sudden death in 2008. Concomitantly to his activities in France, Dr Rodesch has continued till 2007 to develop Interventional Neuroradiology in Belgium where he has developed centers of Interventional Neuroradiology in Hôpital Erasme in Brussels, Hôpital de la Citadelle in Liège and CHU of Charleroi. He is currently also responsible for the Pediatric Interventional Neuroradiology Unit at the Fondation Rothschild in Paris.

Dr Rodesch got in 2006 a PhD thesis from the Free University of Brussels rewarding his works about spinal cord vascular malformations in adults and children. He has been Invited Professor at the Royal College of Medicine and Surgery of Canada-University Laval in Quebec, and at the University of Manitoba-Winnipeg. He is consultant in Interventional Neuroradiology in several centers in Europe, among which the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm (Sweden) and the Neurological Hospital-Keppler University in Linz (Austria). His department  in Hôpital Foch has been labelled in 2017 by the French Ministry of Health  “Reference Center for Rare Diseases” for Central Nervous System vascular diseases, with special focus of spinal cord AV shunts.

He has authored currently 219 scientific publications in various peer reviewed journals, is member of several reviewing committees of neurosurgical and neuroradiological journals, and is author or co-author of 32 book chapters. He has given more than 700 presentations, courses or invited lectures in many scientific congresses. He has been President of the World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (WFITN) from 2013 to 2015, and has been named Knight of the Légion d’Honneur by the President of the French Republic in 2017



Derek Jones 

James Bull Lecture

“Ultra Strong Magnetic Field Gradients – What Can They Do For You?”

Prof Derek Jones is Professor of MRI and Director of the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging, a £44m multi-modal imaging centre housing 4 MRI scanners, MEG, EEG, brain stimulation, sleep and cognitive testing laboratories. He has previously held positions at Kings College London, and the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. He is Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and the Royal Society for Biology, and has held various external positions including Chair of the ISMRM, Program Chair for the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB), Exec Committee of the British Chapter of the ISMRM, and member of the Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group.  


Derek’s research focuses on the non-invasive characterisation of brain tissue (both at the macrostructural and microstructural level) using multiple MRI contrasts, and brain connectivity (having pioneered the technique of tractography). He is particularly interested in how individual differences in tissue structure impact on individual differences on cognition and electrophysiology in both the healthy and diseased brain. He holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award and leads several programmatic grants including a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award and the EPSRC-funded National Microstructural Imaging Facility.



Steve Connor 

“Imaging in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment planning of vestibular schwannomas”

Dr Steve Connor was appointed as a consultant neuroradiologist at King’s College Hospital, London in 2002. He also holds honorary posts at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College London. He is a past president of the British Society of Head and Neck Imaging (BSHNI) and is the current visiting professor for the RCR/BSHNI. His main research interests are in head and neck cancer, skull base and otology imaging, and he has authored over 130 peer reviewed articles.



Marion Smits

“Imaging in Neuro-Oncology: Challenges and Opportunities”

Marion Smits is Full Professor of Applied Physiological Neuroimaging at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam (NL). 

Marion combines her clinical expertise as a Neuroradiologist with scientific research focused on neuro-oncology. Her research group consists of 9 PhD students, 1 post-doc, 3 clinical fellows and a variable number of MSc students. Her current funding totals €4.4 million. Marion has leading positions in key international organisations, including the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB), and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). 

She uses this unique combination of affiliations to establish productive connections between relevant clinical research questions and to implement scientific innovation in clinical practice, while disseminating knowledge and expertise through her numerous national and international teaching activities.

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Tom Hughes 

“Clinical signs in acute stroke”

Dr Tom Hughes trained in medicine in the Royal London Hospital and trained in Neurology and Stroke in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, completing an MD on swallowing function in normal adults and in Motor Neurone Disease.  He is the Clinical Director for Medical Neurosciences in the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and Chair of the Neurology SAC in the JRCPTB.





Emma Tallantyre

“The role of MRI in the diagnosis and monitoring of Multiple Sclerosis”


Dr Tallantyre is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neurology working in Cardiff. She graduated from Nottingham medical school and completed her PhD on the imaging of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the Sir Peter Mansfield MR Centre in Nottingham. She has published on the imaging, pathology and clinical outcomes of Multiple Sclerosis and contributes actively to clinical trials in the field. She is now based in Cardiff, and alongside her neurology clinical practice she pursues research that integrates biological, clinical and imaging data to explore the outcomes of MS.  



Audrey Sinclair

“Towards Harmonisation of MRI in MS”

Audrey completed her medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, radiology and neuroradiology subspecialty training in Cambridge.  She has been a Consultant Neuroradiologist at St George’s Hospital, London since 2010 and has a particular interest in the imaging of MS and neuroinflammatory disorders.  She is a member of the BSNR standards committee and part of a group working on the UK MS MRI guidelines (in combination with the ABN).



Dorothee Auer

"Novel MRI biomarkers in Parkinson's: Prime time for clinical use or just another research tool."

Dorothee Auer is Professor of Neuroimaging, Head of Radiological Sciences and Director of the Precision Imaging Beacon of Excellence at the University of Nottingham and Honorary Consultant Neuroradiologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. After studying medicine in Dusseldorf, Munich and Belfast, she trained in diagnostic radiology/neuroradiology at the University Hospitals in Freiburg and Tubingen, Germany. Prior to taking up her current post in Nottingham (in April 2004), she was lead consultant Neuroradiologist and NMR research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich. In 2017, Dorothee was made a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). Her research aims to develop next generation imaging to enable precision medicine approaches in the most difficult to treat health conditions (such as neurodegeneration, mental health, chronic pain and brain cancer).  She focuses on the development and evaluation of prognostic, predictive and dynamic biomarkers using advanced MRI techniques with funding from NIHR, UKRI and major charities. She runs an active postgraduate training programme having (co-) supervised 30 PhD students (awarded), and led a MSc in Translational Neuroimaging.


Prof. Khalid Hamandi and Prof. William P Gray 

“Brain imaging and surgical treatment in epilepsy: an update”

Khalid Hamandi qualified in medicine in 1994 from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London. He trained in neurology and epilepsy in Bristol and London. He gained his PhD from UCL’s Institute of Neurology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, on simultaneous EEG-fMRI in epilepsy. He was appointed consultant neurologist at University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in 2006 with a specialist interest in epilepsy. He has special interest in epilepsy pre-surgical evaluation, complex epilepsy and brain imaging.  He is research active in a number of areas. He leads a programme of imaging research in epilepsy at CUBRIC (Cardiff University Brain Imaging Research Centre) using advanced brain imaging methods, MRI and MEG to study epilepsy, and was awarded Honorary Chair at Cardiff University in 2018. 


William (Liam) Gray graduated from University College Cork, Ireland in 1986,  obtained his MD in 1993, was appointed to the University Chair of Neurosurgery at Southampton in January 2006 and moved to the Chair of Functional Neurosurgery in Cardiff in 2011. He is Director of the BRAIN Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiff.

 His clinical interests are in epilepsy surgery and cognitive dysfunction in learning and memory. His research group’s work extends from lab-based basic science studying stem cells and adult hippocampal neurogenesis, to cognitive behavioural and imaging studies in patients and neural stem cell transplantation in Huntington’s Disease and Epilepsy.

He trained in Epilepsy Surgery with Prof Johannes Schramm in Bonn and delivered surgery for Epilepsy in Southampton for the Wessex region with Dr Martin Prevett  and Dr Simon Barker and latterly for Wales in Cardiff with Prof Hamandi and Dr Stefan Schwarz.


Prof. Richard Wise

“Multiparametric MRI of vascular and metabolic function in the human brain: opportunities at 3T and 7T”

Richard is Professor and Head of MRI at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), looking after CUBRIC’s 4 MRI systems including ultra-high field (7T). Richard is a physicist by degree. He began his post-doctoral career in Oxford in 2000 before moving to Cardiff University in 2006. His neuroimaging research focusses on the development of MRI methods to quantify human brain function in terms of oxygen consumption and cerebrovascular function.