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Academic Subcommittee

Chair - Prof Rob Dineen

I am Professor of Neuroradiology at the University of Nottingham and an honorary consultant Neuroradiologist at the University of Nottingham.  I am a past BSNR du Boulay Professor (2014-2016), a previous member for the BSNR Training and Education Sub-Committee (2013-2016) and have been a member of the BSNR Academic Sub-Committee from 2015, prior to taking up the Chair in 2019.  I am the deputy director for clinical academic training at the University of Nottingham.

Dr Samatha Mills (Deputy Chair and RCR/BSNR Du Boulay Professor 2019-2022)

I have been a Consultant Neuroradiologist since January 2011, and have been based at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, since 2014.  I completed my clinical training in Neuroradiology at the Manchester Radiology Training Scheme, and prior to this I held a joint RCR/CRUK Clinical Research Fellowship during which I undertook a PhD in advanced magnetic resonance imaging of adult brain tumours using novel MR techniques, including dynamic contrast enhanced MRI, diffusion imaging and oxygen enhanced MRI at the University of Manchester. My academic interests include neuro-oncology, imaging biomarkers and translational research.  I am a current BSNR / RCR du Boulay Professor (2019-2022).

Prof Dorothee Auer

Dorothee Auer

I am Professor of Neuroimaging, Director of the Precision Imaging Beacon of Excellence at the University of Nottingham and theme lead for the MRI cross-cutting theme within the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.  I hold an Honorary Consultant Neuroradiologist post at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

I studied medicine in Duesseldorf (Germany), Belfast (UK) and Munich (Germany) holding a scholarship by the German People Foundation. I then trained as research associate in neurology (LMU, Munich), and as clinical fellow in euroradiology/radiology in Freiburg and Tuebingen.  My dissertation (‘DM’, University of Freiburg) and Habilitation (‘PhD’, University of Marburg) focused on neuro MRI and MR spectroscopy. My research focusses on magnetic resonance imaging techniques to advance the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression, chronic pain, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and cancer, and I have received funding from national and International research councils, government and charities (DFG, EU, MRC, EPSRC, NIHR, Versus Arthritis, Stroke, Parkinson’s UK, MJFF). I am a fellow of the ISMRM.

Dr Stuart Currie

Stuart Currie

I am a consultant neuroradiologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust with 50% time dedicated to academia. My main academic interests lie in brain cancer imaging and I work closely with the Institute of Cancer and Pathology at the University of Leeds. I hold a PhD in neuroimaging and was previously the joint Royal College of Radiologists/British Society of Neuroradiology Du Boulay Professor of Neuroradiology. I am also a keen educator, holding a Masters in Clinical Education.

Dr Tilak Das (RCR/BSNR Du Boulay Professor 2019-2022)

I am a diagnostic neuroradiologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, having done Neuroradiology fellowships in Cambridge and Toronto and an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Nottingham. I have a PhD in developmental neuroscience and am actively involved in research projects on traumatic brain injury using machine learning techniques as well as quantitative imaging in thyroid eye disease, both areas that have developed from my clinical interests. I also have a keen interest in Clinical Informatics and am currently undertaking further training in this area. I have been departmental lead for coordinating successful ISAS accreditation for 5 years and am currently the clinical audit lead and information governance lead.  I am a member of the BSNR Training and Education Sub-Committee and am a 2019-2022 BSNR / RCR du Boulay Professor.

Dr Harpreet Hyare

I am a Consultant Neuroradiologist at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Trust and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at UCL.  I am the Lead Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Neuroradiologist for North London and also hold an Honorary Consultant position at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  Having trained in Medicine at University of Cambridge, I completed a PhD at UCL in Neurodegeneration and a visiting Fellowship at University College Los Angeles (UCLA).  My research interests include translating novel imaging and computational biomarkers in Neuro-oncology. I am Chair of the Research Subcommittee for the British Neuro-Oncological Society and am Clinical Liaison for the British and Irish Chapter of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Dr Shah Islam (Trainee Representative)

I am currently a clinical research fellow at Imperial College London completing my PhD in advanced brain imaging. I was previously appointed an NIHR academic Clinical Fellow at the Institute of Cancer Research. My research focuses on the development of new imaging biomarkers of early treatment response in Glioblastoma using advanced MRI and PET techniques, as well as artificial intelligence.

Dr Grant Mair


I am a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neuroradiologist and split my time between academic work at the University of Edinburgh and clinical work with NHS Lothian.

My primary research focus is the imaging of stroke, especially seeking relationships between imaging biomarkers and response to treatment, and exploring automated computational methods for assessment. I am particularly interested in maximising the benefit of baseline non-enhanced CT which is usually acquired first line in patients with symptoms of stroke.

Dr Dipayan Mitra

I am Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University and Consultant in Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Trust. After my medical degree, I trained in Internal Medicine and obtained an MD before moving to Radiology. I further sub-specialised in Neuroradiology and became a Consultant in Newcastle in 2005. I joined the Stroke Research Group in 2015 as Hon Senior Lecture to pursue academic research.

My main areas of research interest are stroke, paediatric brain tumours and sub-arachnoid haemorrhage. I am PI of SINONIMS which is a study of imaging biomarkers in adult stroke. I am a co-investigator in TOPSAT 2 which is an international multi-centre study on poor-grade sub-arachnoid haemorrhage. I am involved in a number of national/international studies in the field of paediatric brain tumours.  I sit in the Stroke Research Group (Institute of Neurosciences) led by Prof Helen Rodgers. I am currently collaborating with, among others, Prof Andrew Blamire in Centre for In Vitro Imaging and Prof Phil White and Dr Chris Price in the Stroke Research Group.  I am the current treasurer of the BSNR.

Dr Stefan Schwarz

I am a  Consultant Neuroradiologist Cardiff University Hospitals and hold an Honorary Associate Professorship at the University of Nottingham, where I previously held an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship and subsequently and NIHR Clinical Lecturership.

Prof Stavros Stivaros

I currently hold a NIHR Clinician Scientist Award at the University of Manchester.  My research is focused on the development, validation and eventual translation of advanced multi-paramentric brain imaging in children.  Part of this translation entails the development of computerised decision support systems to facilitate advanced imaging provision in clinical practice.  Clinically I practice as an Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neuroradiologist in the department of Academic Department of Paediatric Radiology at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.  I lead the paediatric neuro-radiological imaging unit in one of Europe's largest children's hospitals.  As well as my academic work I am also heavily engaged in the provision of expert neuro-radiological assessment in child protection issues.  I routinely provide evidence to the court on such matters and provide paediatric neuroradiological opinions at the joint Manchester/Liverpool Child Protection Peer Review meetings.

I was BSNR du Boulay Professor from 2012 to 2014 and a previous chair of the Academic Sub-Committee.

Dr Gerry Thompson

Gerry Thompson

I am a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Radiology at the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Consultant Neuroradiologist in the NHS Lothian Department of Clinical Neurosciences providing specialist neuro-oncology imaging diagnostics for South East Scotland. I trained in Radiology and Neuroradiology in the North West of England, completing a PhD in quantitative imaging biomarkers in glioma at the University of Manchester in 2012, before taking up an academic consultant post in Edinburgh in 2016. I am Co-Director (Neuro) for the University of Edinburgh/NHS Lothian Clinical Research Facility Image Analysis Core which provides imaging support for academic studies and clinical trials. My main research interests cover quantitative neuroimaging with MRI and PET, and studies into optimising timing of studies in brain tumour follow-up. I am the imaging co-lead for the multicentre Tessa Jowell Brain MATRIX clinical trial platform, and imaging lead for the multicentre NIHR-funded SPRING (seizure prophylaxis in glioma) clinical trial. I am the Edinburgh PI for the multicentre DIG (Diffusion in Glioma) study and provides local Radiological expert assessments for several international neuro-oncology clinical trials. I am a current member of the NCRI Brain Glioma Subgroup, and sit on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Brain Tumour Charity.

Dr Steffi Thust

I am a consultant in diagnostic neuroradiology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and University College Hospital. I’m the Clinical Lead for Neuro-Oncology Imaging and holds  joint research appointment as Honorary Associate Professor with the UCL IoN Department for Brain Rehabilitation and Repair.  I graduated with distinction from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany and obtained an MD magna cum laude. I completed my clinical radiology training at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals and on the Pan-London Neuroradiology Fellowship programme, with an acting consultant post at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

My research topics include the investigation of diffusion-weighted imaging for glioma genotyping, computational methods for tumour characterisation and quantitative imaging of CNS lymphoma. I am  co-author of numerous publications, scientific papers and reference works, including the official textbook of the European Society of Neuroradiologists (ESNR).   

My recent roles include membership of the UCL Advanced Neuroimaging MSc committee, BSNR Academic Subcomittee and UCLH Clinical Effectiveness Steering Group, Lead Consultant for Clinical Governance and Panel Coordinator for the Royal College of Radiologists Fellowship Exams. I am passionate about teaching and recently established a sponsorship programme for international medical graduates at Queen Square.

Prof Phil White

I am Chair of Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology at Newcastle University. I’m the Co-Principal Investigator of three randomised controlled trials in ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke amongst a wide portfolio of clinical trial and [neuro]imaging research. I represents the Royal College of Radiologists on the Intercollegiate Working Party in Stroke 2006-. I Chaired the Acute Studies Group of the UK Stroke Research Network 2009-2015 and sit on the NIHR Hyperacute Stroke Research Centre Oversight Group. I am the Neuroradiology rep on NHS England Neurosciences Clinical Reference Group and Policy Working Group on Thrombectomy. I currently Chair the UK Neurointerventional Group & sit on several BSNR committees. I chair the European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy Education Committee and is co-organiser of the ECMINT Course for ESMINT.

Prof Tarek Yousry

I am Professor of Neuroradiology and Head of the Division of Neuroradiology and Neurophysics at the UCL Institute of Neurology, and Head of Lysholm Department of Neuroradiology, National Hospital for Neurology Neurosurgery, UCLH Foundation Trust.  I graduated from Medicine and obtained the Habilitation from the Ludwig-Maximillans-Universität in Munich. He received the Fellowship from the Royal College of Radiologists.

My research focuses on the translation of research from the basic science level to clinical application using advanced MR imaging techniques to improve diagnosis and treatment of CNS disease, especially MS, movement disorders and intrinsic brain tumours.