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Trustees of the Radiological Research Trust
Elizabeth C Beckmann was BIR president from 1993-1994. She gained a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at King’s College London. She has been working in the medical imaging world for over 40 years. Starting her career with EMI Medical in the early days of CT, she has also worked for GE, AMI hospitals, Picker and was Managing Director of Elscint (GB). In 1989 she founded Lanmark Medical Innovations, with Dr Neil Ridyard, providing teleradiology and IT solutions and consultancy. Liz Beckmann is a Fellow of the BIR. Mrs Beckmann is a co-author of the book “Godfrey Hounsfield: intuitive genius of CT“ which was published in 2012. Currently Liz Beckmann in involved in a range of training courses and programmes for healthcare and veterinary professionals using medical imaging
Thomas C Booth is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroimaging in the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London. He is also an Honorary Consultant Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiologist at King’s College Hospital, London. His interests are in neuro-oncology, neurovascular and incidental finding research. He first started to enjoy metabolic imaging and machine learning during his PhD at the University of Cambridge. Here, his focus was on brain tumour treatment response assessment using brain tumour MRI structural images – something he continues to research now as he is reminded continuously how important neuro-oncology diagnostics are when presenting patients at the neuro-oncology multi-disciplinary team meetings in a busy London teaching hospital. On the neurovascular side, stroke imaging and aneurysm procedural work have also become areas of much research interest and he is working towards running a multicentre randomised controlled trial. For several years he has also researched incidental findings – both in terms of ethical/legal aspects as well as detection applied to neuroimaging. He sits on the National Cancer Research Institute Brain Tumour Committee and the Royal College of Radiologists Academic Committee. He was an awardee of the inaugural Royal College of Radiologists Outstanding Researcher Award.
Margaret Hall-Craggs is Professor of Medical Imaging UCL, and consultant radiologist UCLH. Her medical training was undertaken at the University of Cambridge (Medical Sciences/Physiology), and University College Hospital. She trained as a radiologist at The Middlesex Hospital. Following 3 years as an Action Research clinical research fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she completed her MD, she was appointed as a Consultant Radiologist specialising in MRI at The Middlesex Hospital, (subsequently merged with University College Hospital). She has been an active member of the international MR community, recently completing 6 years as Secretary to the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and was the Chair of the ISMRM Annual Meeting Program Committee 2007-2010. She is currently a clinical radiologist with 20% research time funded by the UCLH Biomedical Research Centre. She is a Fellow of the ISMRM.
John qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1994 and trained in Rheumatology. His PhD was in relation to identifying novel targets for antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), which directly led to a patent and a MRC target development grant. As a clinical academic at University College London from 2007-17 he built up a thriving research group in the area of APS and lupus. In 2012, John was appointed as the PI for the UKs first Centre of Adolescent Rheumatology Research at UCL, which in 5 years grew into an internationally renowned centre of research excellence and included a close collaboration with UCL Imaging colleagues investigating novel imaging measures of disease activity in for young people with enthesitis related arthritis. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, has been Associate Editor on numerous journals, sat on multiple grant committees and was awarded the UK’s Michael Mason BSR Gold Medal in 2011. He moved to Industry and joined UCB Biopharma in April 2017 working as clinical lead on early clinical development programs in Translational Medicine for the first 3 years and is currently Head of Medical Affairs for Rheumatology within UCB.
Professor Stephen Keevil is Head of Medical Physics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, leading one of the largest medical physics departments in the country with a team of around 150 physicists, engineers and technologists working across the full range of medical physics and clinical engineering disciplines. He is also Professor of Medical Physics at King’s College London, heavily involved in health technology assessment of medical devices and in the education and training of healthcare scientists. He studied physics at Oxford University prior to training as a medical physicist in the NHS. Over the course of his career he has held a succession of research, academic and NHS posts in magnetic resonance physics prior to his current appointment. Among other professional activities, he is a past President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and a current Vice President of the British Institute of Radiology.
Fiona Mellor is a a lecturer/superintendent radiographer at the AECC Univesity College in Bournemouth U.K.. She teaches radiography to chiropractic students using existing skills in research, medical imaging, radiotherapy and quality management to achieve the optimum teaching, learning and assessment environments. She continues to facilitate and partake in cross professional research collaborations in radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic) and musculo-skeletal arenas. She is the current chair of the Radiological Research Trust (RRT), and facilitator of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research hub (CAPHR). She is a reviewer for a number of research journals and is active within the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), and the United Kingdom Imaging and Oncology (UKIO) conference organisers group.
Martyn Paley is an Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Imaging at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease and is also an independent MRI consultant. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine/people/iicd/martyn-paley He has been involved with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy (MRI/S) since 1973 when he studied Physics as both an undergraduate and postgraduate at Nottingham University, where MRI was initially developed. He then worked in industry for a number of companies in physics and engineering research including Rolls-Royce Aero-Engines (Combustion Engineering), Kodak (Colour Physics) and Picker International (MRI/S) in both the UK and the USA where he helped develop the first generation of commercial MRI scanners during the 1980’s. He left industry for academia in 1991, establishing an MR physics research group at University College London to investigate neurological MRIS as well as the development of interventional MRI. He joined the University of Sheffield in 1997 and has been involved in setting up research from advanced functional MRI to neonatal and in-utero imaging and hyperpolarised gas and fluid enhanced MRI/S. His major research interest is MR physics and engineering and he has designed complete specialised MR scanners including hardware, software and imaging sequences for orthopaedic and neonatal imaging. The Niche orthopaedic and neonatal MRI system which he developed and commercialised internationally was used to scan many babies in the NICU in Sheffield for almost twenty years and is now featured in the new Wellcome Medical Gallery at the National Science Museum in London. This dedicated MRI system received regulatory clearance from the US FDA for extremity and neonatal MRI use in 1996. He has published around 200 peer reviewed papers and 5 patents in the fields of NMR and MRI, including one for the complete specialised MRI system. According to Google Scholar, he has over 6500 paper citations, a h-index of 44 and an I10-index of 109.
Yasmin Surani is a PhD student shared between King’s College London and Public Health England. A Natural Scientist by training, Yasmin is now applying her skills and experience to issues surrounding human health. Yasmin has worked with a first aid charity in the past, and has experience volunteering with horses at a local riding school and with people at events. Yasmin joined the Radiological Research Trust in January 2020 to help with admin duties. This means she mans the mailbox, keeps our followers up to date on social media, and coordinates the grant application process.