Prof Paul Parizel
Paul M. Parizel is chairman of Antwerp University Hospital’s department of radiology and full professor of radiology at the University of Antwerp’s faculty of medicine. He is also an elected member of the University of Antwerp’s board of trustees, representing the faculty of medicine and health sciences.
In 1982, Prof. Parizel received his medical degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Antwerp and he later went on to earn a PhD degree with a dissertation on ‘The influence of field strength on magnetic resonance imaging: a comparative study in physiochemical phantoms, isolated brain specimens and clinical applications’. He then continued his research thanks to a three-year grant from the Belgian government’s National Foundation for Scientific Research.
An enthusiastic researcher, Prof. Parizel’s main scientific interests lie in the fields of neuroradiology and MRI. His research focuses mainly on integrating basic science into clinical applications and he has striven to combine scientific research with patient-oriented imaging throughout his career. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and more than 30 book chapters. He is also an active teacher at many scientific meetings and courses on neuroradiology.
In recognition of his work, Prof. Parizel has received many awards and honours throughout his career, including the ECR’s Best Presentation Award, the CompuRAD Exhibition award, the Kodak Grant from the Royal Belgian Society of Radiology and the Astra Foundation Chair for lectures in medicine. He has also been awarded honorary fellowship by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology, as well as honorary membership from the Serbian Society of Radiology and the Russian Society of Neuroradiology.
An active member of many scientific societies and organisations, Prof. Parizel served as president of the Royal Belgian Radiological Society of Radiology, from 1999 to 2000, and the European Society of Neuroradiology, from 2010 to 2012. At ECR 2014 he will deliver theWilhelm Conrad Röntgen Honorary Lecture entitled ‘Mysteries of the human brain unveiled: imaging of white matter microstructure and neuroplasticity’.
Prof Alex Rovira
Dr. Àlex Rovira was born in Barcelona (Spain). He is a full time neuroradiologist, who gained his MD in 1983 at the Autonomos University of Barcelona. After formal training in Radiology at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (Barcelona), he undertook a visiting fellowship at Shands Hospital (Gainesville, University of Florida) in 1989. In 1990, he became staff neuroradiologist at the Section of Neuroradiology at Vall d’Hebron Hospital (Barcelona, Spain). Dr. Rovira is Director of the Magnetic Resonance Unit, and of the Section of Neuroradiology at University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona (Spain). Dr. Rovira is also Professor of Radiology and Neuroimmunology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
He is specialised in diagnostic neuroradiology, and head and neck radiology, with particular interest in demyelinating diseases, stroke, neuro-oncology, hepatic encephalopathy, and head and neck tumors.
He is currently President of the European Society of Neuroradiology, Co-Chairman of MAGNIMS (European Multicenter Collaborative Research Network on MRI in MS), and member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Society of Radiology and of the World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies. He is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Neuroradiology, European Radiology, Neuroradiology and MS Forum, and member of the International Advisory Board on Clinical Trials in MS. He also served on the Lucien Appel Prize Award Jury of the European Society of Neuroradiology from 2006 to 2012, as Editor of Neuroradiology in the Spanish Journal of Radiology, and as Director of the 10th and 11th Cycles of the Pierre Lasjaunias European Course of Neuroradiology (2008-2012). Dr Rovira has authored or co-authored more than 290 original papers, 25 review papers, 25 book chapters or monographs, and more than 400 invited conference presentations.
Prof Pia Sundgren
Professor Pia Maly Sundgren is the head of the Department of Radiology, Clinical Sciences/Lund, Lund University in Sweden. Her research focuses on advanced MR imaging. She conducts imaging research focused on monitoring treatment response in brain tumors and effects of radiation using new advanced MRI techniques like APTw imaging, in autoimmune diseases like SLE as well as in pain conditions. For advanced brain MRI she is an opinion leader and internationally recognized. Research collaboration exists with University centers worldwide. She is the upcoming president for ISMRM, has been the member of the ESR Scientific Committee and the Chair of the written examination committee of the EBR for the past 3 years, present member of the ESR research committee, present member of the ExCom of ESNR and Chair of the subcommittee pediatric neuroradiology, member of the CIRE/RSNA, and member of the ExCom of WFNRS and upcoming General secretary as well as Scientific secretary in Swedish Society of Radiology. She is member of several research councils of various organizations in Sweden and Europe and of many international scientific and executive program committees and faculties. Professor Maly Sundgren have published over 145 papers and reviews, over 210 scientific abstracts, three books and several book chapters and have over 300 international invited lectures and workshops. Prof. Sundgren is an active mentor for medical students and presently supervise 5 Ph.D. students and has lately been awarded with MICHR Michigan Clinical and Translational Research Distinguished Mentor Award, 2014 and the ISMRM Outstanding Teachers Award, 2016. She has significant grant support for her research.
Prof William Dillon
William P. Dillon, MD – Elizabeth A. Guillaumin Professor of Radiology, Neurology and Neurosurgery; Executive Vice Chair of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Dr. Dillon has spent his entire academic career at UCSF. He graduated from the University of Santa Clara and UCLA Medical School. He completed his internship at Virginia Mason Hospital, Radiology Residency at the University of Utah and Neuroradiology fellowship at UCSF. Following this Dr. Dillon was appointed chief of neuroradiology at the San Francisco Veterans Medical Center. In 1987 he moved to UCSF Campus, where he served as Chief of the Section of Neuroradiology at UCSF from 1992-2015, building what most believe is one of the best sections of neuroradiology in the United States. His interests include imaging of the head and neck, spinal pain management, imaging of stroke, vascular diseases of the brain, and advanced imaging of brain tumors.
Dr. Dillon is a past president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR) and the American Society of Neuroradiology. He was a Senior Editor for the American Journal of Neuroradiology from 1998 to 2011, and has been a co-investigator in 25 funded projects and 10 clinical trials. He has published over 290 articles, 23 book chapters, and 3 books.
Dr. Dillon received the Francis A. Sooy, MD teaching award for Clinical Excellence from the UCSF Department of Otolaryngology Residents in 1993, the J. Elliott Royer award for contributions to Clinical Neurology in 2011, and the 2014 Outstanding Researcher Award from the American Society of Neuroradiology in 2014. Dr. Dillon received the Gold Medal from the ASHNR in 2008 and the Gold Medal from the American Society of Neuroradiology in 2015.
More recently, Dr. Dillon has become interested in international education and was honored to serve as the 2015 ASNR International Outreach Professorship to India. He is a founder of “Health4theworld.org”, a platform for real-time teleconferencing education to parts of the world in need of more advanced education offerings.
Prof Bruno Policeni
Dr Bruno Policeni is a professor of neuroradiology and head and neck radiology. He is the program director for the diagnostic radiology residency, neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Iowa hospital and clinics. He also serves as the vice chair of education for the department of radiology. He has authored 43 peer review manuscripts and 95 abstracts. He has presented 56 invited lectures nationally and internationally.
Prof Lubdha Shah
Dr. Shah is Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Utah and serves as the director of Advanced Spine Imaging and director of the Spine Fellowship. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous review articles and book chapters and has co-authored diagnostic and interventional spine textbooks, including Specialty Imaging: Pain Management Essentials of Image-guided Procedures. In addition to reviewing for several journals, she is an ACR Neuroradiology panel member and has authored Appropriateness Criteria and Practice Parameter guidelines.
Dr. Shah has presented at several national and international radiology and neuroradiology society meetings, including several invited talks at the American Society of Spine Radiology symposiums (2011-2018). She has also mentored trainees to present at national and international radiology conferences. Dr. Shah has been an invited speaker at multidisciplinary regional conferences, including the North American Spine Society 9th Annual Evidence & Technology Spine Summit and at the 2014 NASS Instructional Course at which she presented DTI Evaluation of Cervical Myelopathy and Diffusion Imaging of the Spine, respectively. Dr. Shah is co-director of the “Intensive Interactive Brain and Spine” CME course in its fifth year. She has actively served the ASSR on the Executive, Education, Informatics, and Nominating Committees. She served as Treasurer/Secretary on the 2016-2017 Executive Committee and will be serving as Treasurer/Secretary 2018-2019.
Prof Chip Truwit
Chip Truwit, MD, FACR
Chief Innovation Officer, Upstream Health Innovations
Chief of Radiology, Hennepin County Medical Center
Professor of Radiology, University of Minnesota
Chip Truwit, MD, FACR is Chief of Radiology at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and serves as Chief Innovation Officer of HCMC’s Upstream Health Innovations. He is also Emeritus Professor of Radiology at the University of Minnesota. Previously, Dr. Truwit held the Margaret and H. O. Peterson Chair of Neuroradiology and served as Division Director of Neuroradiology at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Truwit and co-author Todd Lempert, MD, published the first desktop published radiology texts, Pediatric Neuroimaging: A Casebook Approach (1991), which heralded the radiology publishing world’s conversion from half-tones to digital images, and High Resolution Atlas of Cranial Neuroanatomy (1994).
In the mid-1990’s, Dr. Truwit introduced the University of Minnesota Center for MR-guided Therapy, the first such center using a conventional high-field MR scanner. Dr. Truwit holds 29 medical device patents, including Prospective stereotaxy, a novel minimally-invasive, MR-guided neurosurgical method of implanting neurostimulators for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. In addition to inventing the technology and methods, Dr. Truwit co-founded Image-guided Neurologics, a medical start-up dedicated to the field of intraoperative MR-guided neurosurgery. IGN was sold to Medtronic in 2005.
Dr. Truwit has contributed over 130 articles to the neurosciences literature, and specifically in the neuroimaging of acute stroke, perinatal asphyxia and cerebral palsy, and congenital brain malformations and in the design and implementation of intraoperative MR-guided neurosurgery.
Prof Achala Vagal
Dr. Achala Vagal is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Cincinnati (UC) with a research focus on stroke imaging. She is the Vice Chair of Research at Department of Radiology and oversees the Imaging Research Core lab at UC. She has been actively involved in multidisciplinary collaborations in stroke research since 2010. Her roles have included being the radiology leader of the Cincinnati clinical site’s Clinical Trial Working Group for the NIH/ NINDS Network of Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials (NEXT), NIH Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network and NIH Stroke NET. In 2012, she received the National American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) Radiology Research Scholarship award to study multimodal neuroimaging in stroke. In 2014, she was awarded the NIH CCTST CT2 Research Scholar award and in 2015, the CCTST KL2 scholar award on related work. She has extensive experience in project management of imaging core labs for stroke imaging, including leading the central imaging core labs in multiple industry and NIH-funded multicenter stroke trials including PRISMS, CLAR-ER, CLEAR-FDR, ROSE ICH and MOST trials. She also has extensive experience in imaging biomarker development particularly for acute stroke trials including writing national guidelines on stroke imaging.
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