Biographies

Dr Shonit Punwani (Chair) is a Reader in Magnetic Resonance and Cancer Imaging at University College London and Honorary Consultant Radiologist specialising in Cancer Imaging at University College London Hospital. He leads the 3T MR Research Facility at UCLH, developing and translating novel MRI techniques for first-in-man cancer imaging. He has a specialist clinical and research interest in the application and development of local and whole- body quantitative and functional MRI methods for imaging prostate.

Martin Graves is a Consultant Clinical Scientist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust where he is Head of MR Physics and Radiology IT. 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 150 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.

Sara Zafar is currently an ST1 in clinical radiology in the London deanery. Her background includes undergraduate medicine at the University of Edinburgh and undertaking her academic foundation training in North Central Thames Foundation School.  She has also spent 6 months teaching undergraduate students in an innovative training post in medical education. Her interest include research, leadership and teaching.

Scott Reid has been working for GE Healthcare for the last 9 years. In his current role, as an MR Scientist, he is working on future product software. Previous to that, Scott completed his MSc in Medical Physics at the University of Aberdeen in 1998 and his PhD in Cardiovascular MR in 2002 at the University of Leeds. Following this, Scott was employed as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Leeds for 4 years specializing in several cardiovascular research projects.

Geoff Charles-Edwards has worked in MRI since 1998. In 2003 he completed a PhD in MR Physics at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, before moving to Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals, where he currently works as a Principal Clinical Scientist, supporting and leading clinical and research MR activities. He is also an honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and a HEFCE-NIHR Senior Clinical Lecturer. He is the IPEM representative 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.

Lisa Harris is the lead MR Physicist for Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.  She provides MR Physics support to both the Royal Sussex Country Hospital and external sites.  Additionally, she assists with MR sequence development and optimisation at the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre at the University of Sussex, primarily developing MR spectroscopy sequences.  She gained a PhD in MR spectroscopy of childhood brain tumours at the University of Birmingham/Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 2010.  Following that she has worked at both the University of Guildford and The Institute of Cancer Research, developing new MR Imaging techniques

Paola Griffiths (MA, PgD MRI) works as a Supt Research Radiographer  in the Clinical Imaging Facility at Swansea University. She has worked previously at Coventry, Oxford, Swindon, Bridgend and Swansea. She has delivered MRI application for Alliance Medical in Italy and supported training and education for radiographers learning MRI.  She acts as the lead for clinical research in the Swansea MRI unit and is the British Association of MRI Radiographer’s (BAMRR) current President and representative on the BIR SIG MRI group.

Desiree Inderlal is currently the MRI Superintendent of the Royal Sussex County Hospital.  Her current role as superintendent entailed her setting up 2 Siemens Aera1.5T scanners. She introduced Breast, Cardiac, Prostate and Whole Body Diffusion MRI services to the hospital. In addition, she is implementing research services in the Hospital. She undertakes training of the staff in the new services and is responsible for maintaining the waiting list and meeting the targets for a very busy NHS hospital.  Desiree has a National Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography and a B.Tech in Diagnostic Radiography and a Post Graduate Certificate in MRI from the City of London University.

 

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