Speakers

Helen Aspinall

Biography

Helen Aspinall is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. She has taught advanced undergraduate courses on the chemistry of lanthanides (including gadolinium) and is the author of an undergraduate text on the subject. Her research on lanthanide chemistry has mainly been on applications of the elements in catalysis and materials, but she has lectured widely on more general aspects of the chemistry and applications of the elements (e.g. Wirral Arts Festival; Association of Science Education Annual Conference).

Shivaram Avula

Biography

Shivaram Avula graduated from The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, India in 1995.  He obtained his postgraduate Paediatric degree (MRCPCH, London) in 2001 and Radiology degree (FRCR, London) in 2005.  He completed his paediatric radiology and neuroradiology fellowships at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool and Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.  He was appointed as a Consultant Radiologist at Alder Hey in 2009. Shivaram has a special interest in paediatric neuroimaging, and in particular, imaging of paediatric brain tumours.  Shivaram has been the lead radiologist in developing the intraoperative MRI service for brain tumour surgery and has published and presented extensively in this area. His research on intraoperative MRI has been influential in the development of international brain tumour imaging protocol for research studies and clinical practice.

Shivaram has been the Chair of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology–Europe (SIOP-E BTG) Brain Tumour Imaging group (2014-19).  He is the lead radiologist for the upcoming Phase III, randomised, international multicentre trial for children and adolescents with low-grade glioma (LOGGIC).  He is a central reviewer for the SIOP-Europe PNET V, High risk medulloblastoma and SIOPE II ependymoma studies. As a member of the UK Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), he is actively involved in coordinating and participating in the central radiology review panel for the UK paediatric neuro-oncology studies.  He is the secretary of the Posterior fossa society, an international scientific group working on postoperative cerebellar mutism.

Shivaram has a research interest in Advanced MRI for brain tumours. He is an honorary clinical associate professor at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool.  He is the chief investigator for MR Bubbles, a novel study evaluating microbubble contrast perfusion in an MRI setting. He has a research interest in novel image processing in brain tumours. This includes quantitative analysis of brain injury following radiotherapy and automated brain tumour analysis using machine learning.  His collaborative work with the University of Surrey on mathematical analysis in postoperative cerebellar mutism has been incorporated into the largest European cerebellar mutism study. He has published multiple scientific papers in this area, including new hypothesis on its pathophysiology. 

António Bastos Leite

Biography

Antonio Bastos Leite graduated in medicine at the University of Porto (Porto, Portugal) in 1994. He is specialist in neuroradiology since 2004. In 2007, he obtained his Ph.D. degree at the VU University Medical Centre (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). Since 2008, he is Assistant Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging at the University of Porto (Porto, Portugal). He was also a Locum Consultant in Neuroradiology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, as well as Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University College London, Institute of Neurology (London, United Kingdom). The focus of his research is neuroimaging in mental disorders, cognitive impairment, and brain ageing. He is author of several scientific articles and book chapters on the aforementioned topics, and co-author of the book “Neuroimaging in Dementia” (Springer, 2011). Since the publication of this book, there have been, at least, a total of 27 645 chapter downloads on the SpringerLink. As of January 2020, he is member of the Editorial Board of ”Neuroradiology”.

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Alejandro Berenstein

Biography

Alejandro Berenstein, MD (Dr B.) was born in Mexico City in 1948, graduated from the UNAM, at present is Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiology and Pediatric, Director of the Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Health System  in NYC. He is a pioneer in the new field in medicine “Endovascular Surgery”; he established the first comprehensive center for the multidisciplinary treatment of head, neck and peripheral vascular lesions, His contributions extend from the description of the functional vascular anatomy, understanding and describing the diseases, to the development of multiple medical devises to treat them used throughout the world.  He has authored over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 25 chapters in the field, and 9 books including the five volumes groundbreaking textbook, “Surgical Neuroangiography”. Among the more than 30 awards, in 1989 he received the  Ramon y Cajal Award in Medicine for distinguished Latin American Physicians. In 1998 The First Cerebrovascular Luessenhop Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS); Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery. In 2001 awarded the Paolo Raimondi Award from the AANS/CNS on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, and is the only physician to receive both. In 2007 he received the Physician of the Year from Vascular Birthmark Foundation, for his work with children with vascular birth defects. In 2007 the Boston Scientific Neurovascular Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in research and clinical applications. In 2008 the Heart of New York Stroke Spotlight Award from the American Heart and Stroke Association. Honorary Member of the Japanese Society of Neuroendovascular Therapy, in 2009 he received the first Serbinenko Golden Sign Award in Neurosurgery in Moscow. He has been visiting professor, lecturer and faculty in over 600 occasions. He became the first president of the World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology and third president of the American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology; and has been the President of SILAN the Latin-American Society of Neuroradiology for 2012-2013.

Lalani Carlton Jones

Biography

Dr Lalani Carlton Jones was appointed as a consultant neuroradiologist in 2018 and practices in adult and paediatric neuroradiology and spinal intervention at Guys and St Thomas’, The Evelina London and King’s College Hospitals.

She is an honorary senior clinical lecturer at King’s College London and is an avid educator holding several national roles including serving as an Educational Programme lead for the British Society of Neuroradiologists, Vice-President for the UK Imaging and Oncology congress, Royal College of Radiologists FRCR Part 1 examiner and a member of the Royal College of Radiologists’ REAL panel. She was recently awarded the Kings Health Partners ‘Innovation in Education’ award and Royal College of Radiologists JRF Trainer of the Year nomination.

​Dr Carlton Jones has a particular clinical interest in SIH / spinal CSF leaks and has trained in the USA collaborating with international world-leading experts in this field. She has published peer-reviewed articles on this subject and has contributed substantially to the development of UK multidisciplinary consensus guidelines for the investigation and management of SIH. She is currently one of only a few neuroradiologists in the UK able to offer specialist investigation and CT guided treatment for this condition. She was instrumental in establishing the CSF disorders joint MDT meeting at Guys & St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals for the management of patients with SIH.

Arun Chandran

Biography

Dr Arun Chandran qualified in medicine from The Tamilnadu DR MGR Medical University in India in 2002 and completed further training at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (MRCS) in 2009 and The Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) in 2012. 

He is now a Consultant Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiologist at The Walton Centre, Honorary Consultant Interventional Neuroradiologist at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. 

His expertise is in minimally invasive treatment of vascular diseases brain and spine in both adult and children, and he has a keen interest in developing service involving minimal invasive treatment of vascular diseases. 

Dr Chandran has been a principal investigator for newer devices used in treatment of brain aneurysm to improve safety and efficacy of endovascular treatment. He has established practice in venous sinus stenting as a treatment option for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in adults, and endovascular treatment of brain arteriovenous malformation of brain as credible alternative to open surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery in selected cases in adult and children. 

Paul Charnock

Biography

Paul Charnock is a RPA/MPE/RWA for IRS limited based in Liverpool.  Paul has worked for IRS since 2003 in the field of diagnostic radiology with a specialisms in patient dose audit methodologies, QA, dental and CT.  Paul has co-authored a number of papers on QA and patient dose audit methodologies using large data sets to establish regional dose reference levels

Paul is lead RPA/MPE/RWA for a number of major Trusts and smaller hospitals, and advises on compliance with relevant regulations including IRR17 and IR(ME)R2017 

Paul is the current Chair of the IPEM Report 88 Update working party and a member of the Public Health England (PHE) working party on National Patient Dose Surveys.  Paul has previously been a Chair of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) Diagnostic Radiology Special Interest Group (DRSIG) and represented IPEM on the Medical Exposures Working Group whose remit was to contribute to the drafting of what became IR(ME)R2017

Avneesh Chhabra

Biography

Avneesh Chhabra, M.D., MBA, is Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Chief of its Musculoskeletal Radiology Division. He also serves as Chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging at Parkland Hospital. His clinical interests include magnetic resonance neurography (MRN), sports imaging, rheumatology and sarcoma imaging, and related image-guided interventions.

Originally from India, Dr. Chhabra earned his Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi. He completed his residency in radiology at Delhi University’s Willington Hospital before receiving additional diagnostic residency training at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He then received advanced training in musculoskeletal radiology through a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. In 2021, he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Prior to joining the UT Southwestern faculty in 2013, Dr. Chhabra was an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Research interests

Dr. Chhabra focuses his research on refining musculoskeletal ultrasound, computed tomography and MR practices; and the novel use of 3D joint imaging in sports medicine, MR neurography, sarcoma imaging, infection, and rheumatology imaging. He is working on new forms of image-guided pain management, including minimally invasive image-guided injections.

Dr. Chhabra is actively involved in 3D MRI and 3D CT research on adult painful hip disorders, functional bone and soft tissue tumor assessment, and 3D knee MRI research with respect to meniscus and cruciate ligament injuries.

New approaches to patient care Dr. Chhabra provides patient care at the University Hospital Radiology Clinic, where he translates his research into clinical practices by deploying novel MRN techniques to map peripheral neuropathy in patients preparing for surgery, and to direct perineural nerve injections in patients with neuropathies. His technical developments with respect to 3D MR and 3D CT imaging for multiple joints, such as knee, hip and shoulder, are also being rapidly translated into the clinical practices for the improved diagnosis of meniscus, labrum and rotator cuff injuries, bone and soft tissue sarcoma, and spondyloarthritis. He also published OT-RADS, guidelines.

Carolyn Costigan

Biography

Carolyn qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in Dublin before moving to the UK to complete an MSc in MRI. After working as a clinical radiographer she moved to the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre at University of Nottingham to pursue her interest in MR research.

 Awarded the inaugural College of Radiographers Doctoral fellowship in 2015 she completed her PhD on Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the University of Nottingham whilst working as Principal Research Radiographer in Nottingham University Hospitals.

Carolyn now works as a Clinical Academic Lead in Nottingham University Hospitals where she is also holds an NIHR/HEE post-doctoral fellowship. She is an Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. Her clinical interests include Foetal and Neuro MRI.

Michael D Jenkinson

Biography

Michael Jenkinson is Sir John Fisher / RCSEng Chair of Surgical Trials, Professor of Neurosurgery and Honorary consultant neurosurgeon at the University of Liverpool and Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

He chairs the National Cancer Research Institute Brain Tumour Group, the Academic Committee of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons and is a member of Specialised Cancer Surgery CRG.

His research interests include meningioma and cerebral metastasis, and clinical studies on quality of life in brain tumours.  He is the chief investigator for the international, multi-centre ROAM-1308 trial (Radiation versus Observation following surgical resection of Atypical Meningioma), the KEATING trial (Ketogenic Diet in Glioma) and STOP ‘EM (Surgeons Trial Of Prophylaxis for Epilepsy in Meningioma).

Samantha Mills

Biography

Dr. Samantha Mills is a full-time diagnostic neuroradiologist at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation trust, Liverpool. She trained at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust as part of the Manchester Training Scheme and undertook a PhD evaluating advanced MRI techniques for use in Neuro-oncology at the University of Manchester, funded jointly by the RCR and CRUK. She has since maintained a strong academic interest and is involved in a number of active neuro-oncology and neuro-inflammatory research projects both locally and nationally. She is a regular invited guest speaker both nationally and internationally. She holds positions on the academic subcommittee of BSNR (as deputy chair) and the British Neuro-Oncology Society, (as Chair of the Education subcommittee). She is the current RCR/BSNR du Boulay professor, joint with Dr. Tilak Das from Cambridge, providing insight into guidance and standardisation in neuro-radiological practice.

Martin Mitchell

Biography

Mr Martin Mitchell is an Advanced Practitioner MRI Reporting Radiographer at Medway Maritime Hospital and part-time Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has worked in MRI for over 22 years and has trained in MRI reporting of the brain, spine and knee. In clinical practice he currently reports on MRI Knee, Brain and Spine examinations in regular sessions. As part-time lecturer in diagnostic radiography, Martin leads the MRI reporting modules in brain, spine, knee and breast examinations as well as an undergraduate module in plain film preliminary clinical evaluation (PCE).

He has a passion for MRI reporting and is enthusiastic about bringing PCE to the MRI clinical environment. He is currently studying for an MSc in Healthcare Practice.

Chye Yew Ng

Biography

CY is a Consultant Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgeon in Wrightington Hospital. He graduated from Edinburgh medical school as the gold medallist and subsequently completed orthopaedic training in Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. This was followed by an Upper Limb Fellowship in Wrightington and a Training Interface Group (TIG) Hand Fellowship in Manchester. 

Since his consultant appointment in 2013, he has established a regional clinical service providing treatment for patients with peripheral nerve injuries. During this time, he has developed particular interests in the management of iatrogenic nerve injuries, long thoracic nerve palsy and painful neuroma. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, written 5 book chapters and co-edited a textbook on sports injuries. He is the Chair of TIG in Hand Surgery.

Selene Rowe

Biography

Selene Rowe qualified as a radiographer in Derby and has 20 years’ experience in MRI. She is the lead radiographer for Intra-operative MRI at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. She helped to set up this new service which is housed in a purpose built unit, and dedicated primarily to paediatric MRI. She has also worked as a research radiographer for Nottingham hospital’s medical physics department, where she completed her MSc in translational neuroimaging from Nottingham University.

She is MRI safety lead for the MRI departments in Nottingham and passed the European Magnetic Resonance Safety Officer (MRSO) training in May this year. She has an interest in neuro and paediatric MRI.

Tom Solomon

Biography

Professor Tom Solomon is Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, and Chair of Neurological Science at the University of Liverpool and the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. After qualifying in Medicine at Oxford, his research training included 3 years at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, and 2 at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA. He works on emerging pathogens, particularly those that affect the brain, heading the multi-disciplinary Liverpool Brain Infections Group. His group works to reduce the UK and global burden of emerging neurological infections in adults and children, including major UK and international programmes on Covid-19. In 2021 he became a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in The Queen’s birthday honours List 2021.

Tom is a keen teacher, leading the annual Neurological Infectious Diseases course in Liverpool, and an enthusiastic science communicator; his popular science book Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine was published in 2016, and followed by a sell-out show of the same name at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. He won a Guinness World Record in 2010 for the fastest marathon dressed as a doctor, and another in 2014 for his Sci-Art project The World’s Biggest Brain.  He hosts the Scouse Science Podcast, and tweets @RunningMadProf.

Lisa Weights

Biography

I qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in June 1988. Having worked for a short period as a locum radiographer at Bangor Hospital, I moved to a permanent post at the Royal Liverpool Teaching Hospital.

During my time at the Royal, I became a Clinical Tutor and was involved in the education and clinical assessment of both radiography students and radiographic assistants. I worked with both Liverpool Universities to deliver lectures, the Communication Skills module and Problem Based Learning sessions.  I also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

In 2008 seeking a new challenge, I moved to the The Walton Centre Foundation Hospital as a neuroradiographer.  I have developed an interest in MRI and this has led me to become the lead radiographer for the MRI Support for Claustrophobia Clinic and additionally, a member of the Intraoperative MR team, responsible for ensuring patients move safely from theatre into the MR scanner to complete their intraoperative scans.