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17 Oct

Keynote Lecture and Directors Welcome 2017

by Benedetta Biffi

On Tuesday 17 October Prof Sebastien Ourselin will welcome new and returning CDT students to the 2017-18 academic year. The welcome will be followed by our Keynote Lecture with Dr Shonit Punwani.


This August UCL performed the first European hyperpolarised MRI scan of a patient with prostate cancer as part of an ongoing clinical trial. The method allows the MRI signal to be boosted >10,000 times, providing not only a more exact location of the tumour but its metabolic activity. Clinicians hope the metabolic activity can be used to differentiate between aggressive or non-aggressive tumours, helping to guide treatment decisions and avoid unnecessary interventions.
In this talk Dr Shonit Punwani will give an overview of his work as Director of Clinical imaging at the UCLH Biomedical Research Centre and how his team came to lead the trial of this experimental imaging method which could transform patient outcomes.

Speaker Bio:

Shonit Punwani is a Reader in Magnetic Resonance and Cancer Imaging at University College London, Honorary Consultant Radiologist specialising in oncological radiology at University College London Hospital (UCLH) and Director of Clinical Imaging at the UCLH Biomedical Research Centre. He has an additional postgraduate qualification in MRI Physics and is responsible for the 3T MR Research Facility at UCLH, which is developing novel MRI techniques for first-in-man oncological imaging studies. He has a specialist clinical and research interest in the application and development of quantitative functional MRI for the detection and monitoring of prostate cancer and its treatments


Keynote Speaker: Dr Shonit Punwani

Date: Tuesday 17 October
Venue: Roberts G08, Sir David Davies LT
17.30 – 17.50: Student Presentations (2016-17 MRes cohort)
17.50 – 18.00: Directors Welcome
18.00 – 19.00: Keynote Lecture
19.00 – 20.00: Drinks reception

No booking necessary, seats on a first come first serve basis


Benedetta Biffi

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