Imaging in a war zone

Richard Miles

Surgeon Commander, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Richard Miles was appointed as consultant radiologist in 2001 he saw service in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Faced with rising numbers of complex severe trauma casualties he initiated the deployment of military radiologists to support the UK medical effort in Afghanistan in 2009. Having secured up to date multi-slice scanners for Bastion he worked to improve the integration of early  CT imaging and developed practical trauma scanning protocols which have been widely adopted in the NHS.

He left the Royal Navy as head of military radiology and continues to work as an interventional radiologist at the Trauma Centre in Plymouth.



Kevin Fong

Consultant Anaesthetist, University College London Hospitals, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Founder and Associate Director of the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine, University College London Hospitals, UK

Kevin Fong is a consultant anaesthetist at University College London Hospital and a pre-hospital doctor with Kent, Surrey, Sussex Helicopter Emergency Medical Service.  He holds degrees in medicine, astrophysics and engineering and has worked with NASA’s Human Adaptation Countermeasures Office at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and his experiences – as a clinician and with NASA – have given him a unique perspective on the management of risk and technology in modern complex systems.  Kevin is also a Wellcome Trust Fellow and holds an honorary chair in public engagement and innovation at the Department of Science, Technology, Education and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London.



COR – William Stripp Memorial Lecture – Contrasting views: Un-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of synovitis

Carole Burnett

Lead Radiographer for Research and Innovation, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Visiting Research Fellow, Leeds Biomedical Research Unit, LIRMM, University of Leeds, UK

Carole started her radiographic career in 1985. Carole specialised in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, gaining experience within the commercial, private sectors as well as the NHS.

In 2011, Carole was awarded a personal fellowship from the National Institute of Health Research to study for a PhD. Her PhD thesis entitled ‘Magnetic Resonance Imaging of synovitis without the use of intravenous gadolinium’ was completed in 2015.

Currently Carole is the lead clinician for research and innovation for the Radiology Clinical Services Unit and is the lead research radiographer for radiotherapy at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.

BIR/Canon Mayneord Award – The natural history of colorectal neoplasia

Perry Pickhardt

, Gastrointestinal Radiologist, Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Dr. Perry J. Pickhardt graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1995. From 1995-1999, he was a resident in diagnostic radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis. After residency training, Dr. Pickhardt served in the U.S. Navy, spending one year as the Department Head of Radiology, U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and three years as the head of GI-GU Imaging at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Pickhardt joined the Abdominal Imaging Section at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2003, and was promoted to full professor in 2009. He serves as the Chief of Gastrointestinal Imaging and Medical Director of Cancer Imaging.  His work in abdominal imaging has resulted in over 400 scientific publications and book chapters, as well as multiple textbooks.


Too sensitive for science? Demolition of stereotypes

Emily Grossman

Freelance Science Broadcaster, Writer and Educator, UK

IPEM – John Mallard Lecture - Magnetic Resonance Imaging: New frontiers in speed and precision

David Porter

Professor in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology University of Glasgow, UK

David Porter is a physicist, originally from London, specialising in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He holds a B.Sc. degree in physics from Sheffield University and a Ph.D. from King’s College London for work on magnetic resonance spectroscopy of human tumours in vivo. He worked as a post-doctoral scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, developing MRI methods for the study of epilepsy and acute stroke in children. He had a long career in industry working for Siemens Healthcare in the UK and Germany, where he supported research collaborations with universities around the world and developed novel techniques for Siemens MRI scanners. During his time at Siemens, he focused on neurology topics and, in particular on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). More recently, David has been working on motion correction and fast scanning methods at The Fraunhofer MEVIS Institute for Medical Image Computing in Bremen. He joined The University of Glasgow in July 2017 as a professor in magnetic resonance imaging, where he is working on clinical MRI at 7 Tesla in the Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE), sited on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus.

COR – Martine Jackson Lecture - NHS England high energy proton service

Hazel Pennington

Lead Operational Radiographer for Protons, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Hazel qualified with a first class honours degree in 1995 from The University of Liverpool and The Christie.

In 2001 – 2003 Hazel gained a law degree and a PgDip in legal practice whilst working in clinical negligence.  Hazel then returned to radiotherapy with a senior role at The Royal Preston Hospital, before returning to the Christie in 2006 as a research radiographer.

In 2009 Hazel took a role as the radiotherapy education lead and completed a Post graduate Certificate in Higher Education as well as a PgDip in Advanced Health Care Practice.

In June 2014 Hazel then took up a new challenge as the lead operational radiographer for protons.


Knowledge: How much is too much?

Katie Snape

Consultant, St George's London and Joint Lead Consultant for Cancer Genetics, SW Thames Regional Genetics Service, UK

Dr Katie Snape is the joint lead consultant for cancer genetics at the South West Thames Regional Genetics Service, St George’s Hospital. She undertook her PhD utilising next generation sequencing data to identify genetic predisposition to cancer, and has spent the last 12 months implementing new clinical pathways for the translation of whole genome data from the 100,000 Genomes Project into clinical pathways for cancer patients, including the management of both relevant and incidental findings. Through this work she has become increasingly aware of the benefits and significant challenges inherent in the interpretation of genomic data for clinical benefit.

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Knowledge: How much is too much?

Daniel Sokol

Barrister, 12 King’s Bench Walk, UK

Dr Daniel Sokol is a medical ethicist and barrister specialising in clinical negligence at 12 King’s Bench Walk, London.  He is an award-winning columnist for the BMJ and has sat on committees for the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, and the Royal College of Surgeons.  He has published over 300 articles and 3 books.

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Knowledge: How much is too much?

Stacy Carter

Director, Research for Social Change, University of Wollongong, Australia

Stacy Carter is Professor and Founding Director of Research for Social Change at the University of Wollongong. She leads values-based social research focused on contentious health problems, including vaccine refusal, screening, anti-microbial resistance, disadvantage, and especially overdiagnosis. She is a member of the Wiser Healthcare Collaboration (wiserhealthcare.org.au).


IPEM Douglas Lea Lecture

Kevin Prise

Professor of Radiation Biology, Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Kevin Prise is Professor of radiation biology and deputy sirector at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University Belfast, where he has been since 2007. Prior to this he was head of the cell and molecular radiation biology group at the Gray Cancer Institute in Northwood, London. A biochemistry graduate of Aberdeen University, he has wide ranging interests in radiation biology including research on low dose radiation risk, radiation quality, cell and tissue signalling mechanisms. He has played a major role in the application of microbeam technologies for delineating the response of cells to targeted single tracks of radiation. His recent work has involved developing new biological based models for optimising advanced radiotherapies such as intensity modulated radiotherapy and particle therapies. A current focus is the application of radionuclide approaches in advanced prostate cancer. He is currently president of the US radiation research society, serves on the UK government expert committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) and is Editor in Chief (Scientific) of the British Journal of Radiology.

COR – Welbeck Memorial Lecture - Leadership: The next generation

Penny Owens

General Manager/Lead Radiographer, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Penny qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in 1980. She has worked within five different NHS Trusts at 15 different Hospitals, with the last 30 years in Superintendent, Chief Radiographer and General Management positions.

Penny serves on steering committees for SCoR and RCR and is Chair of the NOS Review. She is a CQC Specialist Advisor and a lead Technical Assessor for ISAS. Her passion is for delivery of a caring, patient-focussed, high-quality service.

Her leisure interests include scuba-diving and looking after her flock of six rescue sheep.