Research and radiology prove winning combination 

14/10/2011 00:00 

Honorary consultant radiologist Dr Stuart Taylor has been appointed Professor of Medical Imaging by UCL, following his ground-breaking research into new imaging techniques in gastrointestinal disease and cancer. 

 Stuart Taylor (second from left) with his UCLH radiology colleagues

Stuart Taylor (second from left) with his UCLH radiology colleagues

Professor Taylor said: “While it is very gratifying for my work to be recognised by UCL, this promotion very much reflects the rapid development of academic medical imaging at UCL and UCLH by a number of colleagues, not just myself".

Professor Taylor, who jointly leads the new 3T MRI research facility at UCH, was recently awarded major grant funding from the UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre (UCLH/UCL BRC) towards the cost of a new 3T MRI scanner which was officially opened last month. The advanced scanner will provide a dedicated research facility for scientists and clinicians to work together on new scanning procedures with direct benefit to patients.

Professor Taylor has also been awarded a number of research grants from major funding bodies to develop translational imaging research, particularly using MRI techniques. For example he is developing MRI in the diagnosis and monitoring of inflammatory bowel disease, and is investigating MRI whole body cancer staging in a number of tumour types including colon cancer, lung cancer and adolescent lymphoma.

"We are very fortunate at UCL and UCLH to have many world leading researchers both in pre-clinical basic science and clinical medicine. Full collaboration with colleagues from many disciplines is the key to success. My research aims to use these collaborations to translate novel imaging techniques into routine clinical practice."

His research activity has been supported by the Health Technology Assessment Board and Cancer Research UK. He is also clinical lead of a consortium recently awarded a 3M Euro grant by the European commission to develop scanning software to monitor Crohn’s Disease using MRI. He currently is supervising several PhD students at UCL.

The process of promotion to Professor at UCL follows an exhaustive and competitive process of national and international peer review. Nominees are assessed on their research grant income and output, publication, teaching, knowledge transfer and contributing to the benefit of the broader community.


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