Welcome to Dublin!

A Message from the Organising Team of BSNR - ISNR 2018

Dear BSNR members, Colleagues and Friends, 


The BSNR was formed in 1970 and the ISNR was formed in 2014, both holding annual meetings since their foundation. Both meetings serve as an opportunity for neuroradiologists in the United Kingdom and in Ireland to be updated on changes and topics in neuroradiology, to encourage neuroradiological research and to meet colleagues. It is our great honour to invite you to Dublin, Ireland for the first ever joint meeting of our two societies. This is a unique event and we aim to provide a high quality neuroradiology meeting and event. We hope to form ties between our societies and between British and Irish neuroradiologists for the future.


Innovations is one of the themes of the meetings. This reflects the constant changes and improvements that occur in both diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology. To this end, we have several excellent speakers. Professor Mauricio Castillo will speak to us on faster and newer MRI sequences in neuroradiology, with his background as editor of the American Journal of Neuroradiology from 2007-2015. Professor Kieran Murphy will speak to us on innovations, bringing his unique perspective from years of practice and research in medical and neuroradiological innovation.

Stroke continues to be a dynamic area in neuroimaging and neurointervention. It is our great honour to have as a speaker Professor Michael Hill, Professor of Neurology at the University of Calgary, Canada. Professor Hill was the senior author of the ESCAPE trial, one of the landmark and first studies on the benefits of mechanical thrombectomy in acute large vessel ischaemic stroke. He will speak to us on acute ischaemic stroke treatment. Dr John Thornton, consultant neuroradiologist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland will offer us his and his colleagues assessment of how to establish a national mechanical thrombectomy service.


Professor Dan Healy, consultant neurologist, Dr Francesca Brett, consultant neuropathologist, Mr Mohsen Javadpour, consultant neurosurgeon and Dr Seamus Looby, consultant neuroradiologist, all at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland will speak to us on the respective topics of rare brain diseases, the role of the neuropathologist with modern day neuroradiology, microsurgery in neurorsurgery and the recent gadoliium controversy.


It is a privilege to have Professor Rene Chapot to deliver the annual Brian Kendall Lecture. Serendipitiously, this year’s BSNR-ISNR Gala Dinner is being held at Trinity College Dublin, the alma mater medical school of the late Dr Kendall. The theme of innovations is revisited in this years James Bull lecture, delivered by Professor Michael Farrell, consultant neuropathologist at Beaumont Hospital Dublin and titled "Barriers and Failed Communication - Through The Looking Glass".


Neuroradiological research remains a fundamental core component of the meeting. The meeting will include several free paper sessions consisting of oral presentations on original neuroscience research.


It is not possible to have a meeting like this without the generous cooperation and support of the sponsors. We sincerely thank all our sponsors for their generosity. We encourage all delegates to interact with the sponsors at refreshments and lunch breaks during the meeting.


This year’s social programme is an excellent opportunity for old friends and new to mingle in unique venues. The Welcome Drinks and Dinner takes place in the National Art Gallery of Ireland, a stunning and recently renovated Georgian building in Merrion Square Dublin. The Gala Dinner takes place in Trinity College Dublin, right in the centre of Dublin, the University dating back to the days of its founder, Queen Elizabeth I.


Dublin is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe with Viking, Norman, Georgian and Victorian heritage and history. This is reflected in the architecture of churches, cathedrals, Georgian squares and townhouses, castles and monuments throughout the city. Superimposed on this is a young and dynamic population giving the city a modern vibe and vibrant social scene. We hope that delegates in attendance will enjoy visiting the city. For those who can spare the time to stay a little longer, consider visiting the many other wonderful attractions in Ireland – the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry and the Giant’s Causeway to name a few.


We hope that as many delegates can attend the meeting as possible for a stimulating, vibrant and exciting neuroradiology meeting provided by the BSNR and the ISNR in the historic and vibrant setting of Dublin.


Seamus Looby, Alan O’Hare, Sarah Power, Paul Brennan, Noel Fanning, Paul Burns, Eilish Twomey, Sebastian McWilliams



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