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I currently hold  a National Instituate for Health Research Clinician Scientist Award at the University of Manchester.  My research is focused on the development, validation and eventual translation of advanced multi-paramentric brain imaging in children.  Part of this translation entails the development of computerised decision support systems to facilitate advanced imaging provision in clinical practice.

Clinically I practice as an Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neuroradiologist in the department of Academic Department of Paediatric Radiology at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.  I lead the paediatric neuro-radiological imaging unit in one of Europe's largest children's hospitals.

As well as my academic work I am also heavily engaged in the provision of expert neuro-radiological assessment in child protection issues.  I routinely provide evidence to the court on such matters and provide paediatric neuroradiological opinions at the joint Manchester/Liverpool Child Protection Peer Review meetings.

Research interests

I believe that my research must have translation across the whole of the NHS such that all children may benefit from the imaging advances we develop.  For this reason not only does my work focus on developing paediatric brain imaging, but also on decision support systems so that this advanced imaging can be employed across the whole NHS no matter what the local level of expertise.  My NIHR funded work tasks me to develop techniques to better assess hydrocephalus (water on the brain) in children before and after treatment and to facilitate such techniques being applied on all scanners within the NHS.  This maximises capital expenditure by using these machines to undertake advanced imaging on patients at their local hospital.  This saves the child having to attend the local supra-regional paediatric neurosurgery centre and have five days of inpatient admission (with invasive brain pressure monitoring,) by replacing such with a 20 minute brain scan.  In financial terms this represents a 2 million pound saving to the NHS in the assessment of treatment failure alone.  My cross domain work has been recognised nationally by the British Society of Neuroradiologists having been awarded the Burrows prize in 2009 and 2011 and internationally being shortlisted for the American Society of Neuroradiologists Cornelius Dyke Award in 2011.     


University:  I lecture to both 2nd, 3rd and final MB students on both general imaging as well as specialised neuro-radiology imaging.  In addition I am a tutor for personal and professional development to ten medical students.

Local: I am President of the Manchester Medical Society section of imaging, responsible for developing and organising monthly post graduate lectures on medical imaging.  I lecture extensively locally on paediatric neuroradiology including at the yearly neonatal study days.

National: I have given many invited lectures at multiple national meetings including a keynote lecture on paediatric hydrocephalus to the British Society of Paediatric Neurologists.  I lectured on Paediatric Neuro-Oncology imaging at the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) Spring Meeting in 2010 and the 2013 RCR Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).  I was an invited lecturer at the RCR ASM in 2011 on Paediatric Spinal Emergencies.  I gave an invited lecture for the RCR in 2013 on provision of a safe paediatric neuroradiology service.  I have have co-organised and led the imaging review at the National Neurogenetics Meeting on several occasions.

National: I have co-organised several national meetings which have the highest attendance for continued professional development in radiology, namely; The 2010 RCR Spring Meeting and the 2013 RCR ASM at which I also chaired the paediatric neuroradiology stream and lectured on paediatric demyelinatory disease imaging.

National: I am the BSNR du Boulay Professor of Neuroradiology, my role involves 12 half days trainee teaching on neuroradiology and then specific lectures covering developing a neuroradiology career and the importance of combining research into such a career to continue excellence in neuroradiology academic practice in the NHS and academia.    

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Joint 2012-2014 British Society of Neuroradiologists du Boulay Professor of Neuroradiology

Chair of the academic sub-committee of the British Society of Neuroradiologists

Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists

President of the Section of Imaging, Manchester Medical Society




I hold a Bachelor of Science degree (with honours) from University College London in Medical Physics with Basic Medical Sciences.

I have a Medical degree from the University of Manchester.

I have also been awarded a PhD in Medicine/Computer Science from the University of Manchester

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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