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Faculty

Professor Mauricio Castillo

Professor Mauricio Castillo is Professor of Radiology, Chief and Program Director of Neuroradiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following his medical schooling at the University of San Carlos School of Medicine, Guatemala, he completed his Radiology Residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine, with his Neuroradiology Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

 

His areas of interest include paediatric neuroimaging, application of new imaging techniques and medical literature editing. From 2007-2015, he was Editor-in-Chief for the American Journal of Neuroradiology. He has served as President of the American Society of Neuroradiology and also the American Roentgen Ray Society. He has received numerous awards and recently was awarded the 2018 ASNR Gold Medal for his distinguished service to neuroradiology.

Professor Kieran Murphy

Professor Kieran Murphy is Professor and Vice Chair of Radiology and Deputy Chief of the University Health Network (UHN) Department of Medical Imaging and University of Toronto. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed his Radiology Residency at the Albany Medical Center, NY, and Fellowship in Neuroradiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and in Interventional Neuroradiology at the University of Geneva. Prior to his current role, he was Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at Johns Hopkins University.

 

His primary field of expertise and research are in medical innovation, pioneering new routes, techniques and approaches to complex spine and neurovascular and CSF pathologies. He is Director of Clinical Faculty at the Techna Research Institute, Toronto, an institute designed to accelerate development of technology for improved health. He is a leader in global medical education and has built UHNs international health care program. More recently, he was awarded the Society of Interventional Radiology Innovator of the Year award in 2015, and was nominated for the 2016 Manning Innovation award.

Dr. Francesca Brett 

Dr. Francesca Brett is a Consultant Neuropathologist in Beaumont Hospital and St James Hospital and a Senior Lecturer in Neuropathology at Trinity College Dublin. She is a graduate of University College Cork and completed her Neuropathology training in Cambridge and the University of California, San Diego, obtaining her Medical Doctorate during her time there and through the National University of Ireland. She has competed a Masters in Forensic and Legal Medicine in University College Dublin and works closely with the State Department on forensic aspects of head injuries. She is the Regional Specialist Director for Neuropathology Training in Ireland.

 

Her areas of interest expand beyond Neuropathology to encompase Medical Negligence, Medical Expert Witness, Forensic Neuropathology and Alcohol and the Law. She is particularly interested in promoting an awareness of the value and role of a Clinical Neuropathologist. She has also been instrumental in setting up the combined Irish Institute of Clinical Neurosciences Neuropathology/Molecular Pathology Fellowship.

Professor René Chapot

Professor René Chapot is Head of the Department of Neuroradiology & Radiology, Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus, Essen, Germany. He graduated from Medical School University of Paris, France, with his Radiology residency training at APHP, Paris. He specialised in Interventional Neuroradiology at Lariboisière Hospital in Paris and later at University of Limoges, France. Since 2007 he has assumed the role of Head of Department, Centre for Neuroradiology and Intracranial Endovascular Therapy at Essen.

 

His primary field of expertise and research involves the endovascular treatment of complex neurovascular disorders. He has pioneered and developed many endovascular techniques, including, for example, complex aneurysm treatment with kissing balloon techniques, T and Half T stenting, and stent extraction techniques, and AVM treatment with the pressure cooker technique, sheeping technique and with embolisation by venous approaches.

Dr. John Thornton

Dr. John Thornton is a consultant diagnostic and interventional neuroradiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.  He is a graduate of University College Dublin. He completed his radiology training and initial neuroradiology training in Dublin, followed by a neuroradiology fellowship in University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University in Chicago. 

 

His field of special interest is in neurovascular imaging and endovascular intervention for cerebral aneurysms, AVMs, vascular stenosis and acute ischaemic stroke. He is currently the clinical lead for stroke in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. He was the co-principal investigator for the ESCAPE (Endovascular Treatment for Small Core and Anterior Circulation Proximal occlusion with Emphasis on minimizing CT to recanalization times) trial in Ireland.

Professor Michael Hill

Professor Michael Hill is Professor of Neurology at the University of Calgary and Director of the Stroke Unit for the Calgary Stroke Program, Alberta Health Services. He completed undergraduate training at McGill University in biochemistry and went on to the University of Ottawa medical school. He received his FRCPC (Internal Medicine) in 1997 and subsequently his FRCPC (Neurology) in 1999 following his neurology residency at the University of Toronto. Following a move to Calgary to undertake a stroke fellowship and clinical epidemiology training at the University of Calgary, he was appointed to faculty in 2001 and completed his MSc thesis in 2003.

 

Professor Hill’s research interests include stroke thrombolysis, stroke epidemiology, and surveillance and clinical trials. He is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and holds the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta/NWT/Nunavut professorship in Stroke Research. He holds and has held operating and clinical trials grants from the CIHR, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta/NWT/Nunavut and from various industry partners as well as NIH (NINDS). Professor Hill has also received a number of awards, including the Barnett, The Pessin Award and the ARP merit award and the Performance Recognition award for his role in research and his outstanding publication record.

Dr. Seamus Looby 

 

Dr. Seamus Looby is a consultant diagnostic neuroradiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.  He completed fellowship training in neuroradiology in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in the USA.  He has a special interest in diagnostic neuroradiology including brain, spine and ENT imaging and image guided head, neck and spine biopsies and pain relief procedures.

Professor Michael Farrell

Professor Michael Farrell is a Consultant Neuropathologist and Director of the Dublin Brain Bank and The National CJD Surveillance Centre at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He graduated from medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and following completion of the MRCPI in Dublin, Professor Farrell began his training in Pathology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin and later at the Westminster Hospital in London. Following this he undertook a fellowship in Neuropathology and Neuroimmunology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Professor Farrell was appointed as the first Professor of Clinical Neurological Sciences at RCSI in 1996. Later, he became Dean of the Institute of Irish Clinical Neuroscience and was also Chairman of the Neuroscience Cogwheel at Beaumont Hospital.

 

His field of interests includes all aspects of clinical neuroscience but is particularly interested in neurodegeneration, mitochondrial dysfunction and the neuropathology of intractable epilepsy. He is a teacher in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and has extensive research collaborations with neuroscience researchers at RCSI and Trinity College Dublin. He is a member of the American Associaton of Neuropathologists and the Britsh Neuropathological Society as well as the International Society of Neuropathology.

Professor Dan Healy 

Professor Dan Healy has subspecialty interest in neurogenetics, and movement disorders of the body and eyes. In 2004 he was awarded a PhD in population genetics from University College London.


His current appointments are Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and the RCSI Medical School. He previously held Consultant Neurologist appointments at the Royal Free Hospital and NHNN Queen Square and a tenured Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Neurology.

Mr. Mohsen Javadpour 

Mr Mohsen Javadpour is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (1993). Having obtained the medal for part I FRCSI examination (1997), he went on to train in neurosurgery at the Walton Centre for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Liverpool, UK and subspecialty training in neurovascular surgery at the prestigious Toronto Western Hospital, Canada. He was Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Walton centre in Liverpool from 2004 to 2011 and held a number of prominent positions, including: Chairman of British Neurovascular Group (2008-2012), Member of Council of Society of British Neurological Surgeons (2011-2016) and Associate Editor, British Journal of Neurosurgery.


Mohsen moved back to Ireland in 2011. He is currently Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Director of the National Neurosurgical Centre, Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. His subspecialty interests are brain and spine vascular diseases (aneurysms & AVMs), brain tumours, pituitary tumours, acoustic neuromas, trigeminal neuralgia and stereotactic radiosurgery. Mohsen also holds honorary senior lecturer positions at Trinity College and RCSI. He has published more than 70 peer‐reviewed articles and has written 4 book chapters.

Professor Arnd Doerfler

 

Professor Arnd Doerfler is the President of the German Society of Neuroradiology since 2016, having been a Member of the Managing Board of the German Society of Neuroradiology since 2005. 

He completed his undergraduate training in the University of Heidelberg Medical School, Germany and the University of Zürich Medical School, Switzerland . His PhD-thesis was "Imaging and experimental therapy in acute MCA infarction” at the Department of Neuroradiology, University Essen, Germany. He is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology since 2000 and Neuroradiology since 2003. He has a master degree in Business Administration and Health Care Management (M.A.) since 2006. His current position is Full Professor of Neuroradiology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Director Department of Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Erlangen , Germany.

Dr. Natasha Fullerton

Dr. Natasha Fullerton is a Consultant Diagnostic Neuroradiologist in the Institute of Neurosciences, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. Following an intercalated pharmacology degree at Glasgow University, she obtained her medical degree from the University of Valencia, Spain. After returning to Glasgow, where she graduated with a PhD, she completed her Radiology and Neuroradiology training in the West of Scotland.

She has a special interest in neuro-oncology, epilepsy, MS, dementia and Neuro-SPECT imaging. She is Neuroradiologist to many clinical trials, including MS, in addition to being a member of the West of Scotland Research Ethics Committee. Further she is the Radiologist responsible for neuroimaging at the 7T MRI at the Imaging Centre of Excellence, Glasgow.