Biographies

Martin Graves(Chair) is a Consultant Clinical Scientist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust where he is Head of MR Physics and Radiology IT. He is an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Clinical School. He received his BSc in Physics and MSc in Medical Electronics from the University of London and a PhD in MRI from the University of Cambridge. He has over 30 years of experience working in clinical and research MRI in London and Cambridge. He has authored over 180 journal articles/book chapters as well as the award winning MRI text book ‘MRI: from Picture to Proton’.  He teaches on a number of MRI courses both nationally and internationally. He is a Honorary Member of the Royal College of Radiologist (RCR) and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering Medicine (IPEM) and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)

Geoff Charles-Edwards is a Consultant Clinical Scientist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where he is Head of MR Physics, and an honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. He received his PhD in MR Physics at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, and has over 20 years of experience working in clinical and research MRI.

Darren Hudson has worked within MRI for over 15years, and is currently the MRI Clinical Lead for InHealth. He works within the Clinical Quality team for the organisation and provides professional leadership for the MRI Radiographers they employ. His role encompasses many aspects of MRI across the business, from quality and governance to education and training. Darren was MRI Safety Certified by the American MRI Safety Board in 2016 which helps support his role as MRI Safety Officer. He is also passionate about patient experience within MRI and continues to drive this forward internally. He is ISAS assessor trained and a SpA for the CQC which supports his drive for quality and standards in MRI. Darren has a Masters in Health Science and Post Graduate Certificates in Health & Social Care Management and Clinical Education.

Dr Matthew Clemence is senior scientist with Philips healthcare based in UK. Having gained a PhD in MRI hardware design from Nottingham University he then spent 15 years in academia at UCL then Exeter University before moving to his current role providing scientific and technical consultancy to UK and global MRI communities. He regularly publishes in coloration with scientific partners and specialises in novel acquisition methods, multi-nuclear, high field MRI and hardware. He is also part of the product development and advisory team for Philips in the Netherlands. He regularly presents on the interface between industry and academia as well as general MRI training and is available as a STEM ambassador.

Rachel Watt is Lead MRI Superintendent for NHS Grampian in Aberdeen. After completing her BSc in Diagnostic Radiography she took off to Queensland, Australia to specialise in MRI and obtain her MSc, later returning to Aberdeen to take up her present position. Rachel has been an active panel member of the Magnetic Resonance Advisory Group (MRAG) and is currently president of British Association of MR Radiographers (BAMRR). She is also a member of two UK working party producing national guidance for the  departmental design and installation of MRI scanners and equipment purchase. Rachel lectures on the University of Cumbria's postgraduate MRI course in Lancaster and is heavily involved with the MRI placements for undergraduate Radiography students at Robert Gordon's University in Aberdeen.

Maria Schmidt is a Clinical Scientist with 30 years of experience in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. She has worked for the NHS since 1994 (Royal Brompton Hospital, St George’s Hospital and Royal Marsden Hospital from 2007 to date). She qualified in Physics (B.Sc Physics, University of Campinas/Brazil) and Medical Physics (Ph.D. Medical Physics, University of Aberdeen/UK) and has been a Registered Clinical Scientist since 1999. Maria is a current member of the MRI Special Interest Group within the IPEM. She has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, and supervised more than 10 research students in MRI (M.Sc., Ph.D., post-doc and elective placements for the NHS Scientist Training Programme), with research funding from NIHR, MRC and others. She is experienced in providing scientific and technical advice to both clinical procedures and research projects in MRI, including site planning, provision of MR Safety advice and management. Her main areas of interest are Breast MRI, MRI in Cancer, MRI for Radiotherapy Planning. Maria is responsible for the Training of Clinical Scientists in MRI at the Royal Marsden Hospital.  Maria is the IPEM rep on the group.

Alexandra Lipton qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in 1989, specialising in MRI in the mid nineties working at the Magnetic Resonance and Image analysis research centre at the University of Liverpool on their 1.5 T and 3T systems. She has undertaken various roles within the NHS, research and independent sectors before joining the Society and College of Radiographers as a professional officer in 2010. As professional officer for senior service managers and cross sectional imaging she is responsible for leading the Society’s work in the field of magnetic resonance imaging and other areas of cross sectional imaging and in leading the Society’s work in providing support for the professional development and education needs of senior service managers .  Her role also incorporates work related to Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme ISAS. Alex is the SCoR rep on the group.

Aileen Wilson qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in 1983, specialising in MRI in the early nineties whilst working in the Netherlands where she gained a diploma in advanced MRI. Since returning to the UK she has worked as MRI superintendent in both Worthing and Southampton Hospitals and now works for Bristol University as the lead research Radiographer on the 3T scanner. She is currently membership secretary for BAMRR and president elect. Aileen is the BAMRR rep on the group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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