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Research group

Constituted in 2002, the aim of the Research Group is to help the SCoR fulfil its objectives, by encouraging all radiographers to use research in their practice and to promote radiography’s unique knowledge base.

Current members

Chair: Jacqueline Matthews

Vice-chairs: Ruth Strudwick and Kathryn Taylor

Heidi Probst

David Evans

Susan Hopkins

Philip Plant

Jacqueline Matthews

Kathryn Taylor

Anne-Marie Culpan

Robert Meertens

Pam Shuttleworth

Ruth Strudwick

Helen McAlinney

Christopher Wright

Marius Mada

Gareth Hill

Council member: Philip Cosson

SoR Professional Officer: Rachel Harris

Members of the committee fulfil various functions, including contributing to both SCoR research activity and to the development of responses for national and international consultations on research related matters. They oversee, on behalf of UK Council and the College Board of Trustees, the administration of research awards that are given annually.

Click here to access the Group's Work Plan.

Dr Ruth Strudwick 

Ruth qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in 1995 and worked in the NHS before moving into education in 2001. She is currently an Associate Professor at The University of Suffolk. 

In 2011 Ruth completed her professional doctorate which was entitled ‘An ethnographic study of the culture in a Diagnostic Imaging Department’. 

Ruth teaches on several courses at the University of Suffolk and her research interests include interprofessional working, clinical education, work-based culture and values-based practice. 

Ruth is currently working on several funded research projects, she is the editor of the journal ‘Imaging & Oncology and she is a reviewer for the journals ‘Radiography’ and ‘The Journal of Organisational Ethnography’. 

Chris Wright

Chris qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in 1981 and has since held clinical, commercial, and academic roles. MSc (Salford) 1993; PhD (Lancaster) 2013. He is a quantitative researcher within the University of Exeter Medical School. 

His research experience was developed initially in MRI with phased array coil technology, high gradient strength neuro and cardiac systems, focussed ultrasound and the inter-operative ‘double doughnut’.

The primary theme of his PhD and post-doctoral research in ‘decision making’ which has evolved a series of strands; RadBench® a web based platform for image interpretation; Thermal imaging, initially to assess wound infection and latterly assessment of ‘thermal bounce’ as indicator of vascular health and a precursor to lower limb ischemia; and Hierarchical clustering segmentation (HCS) as an approach to tissue differentiation in MRI prostate and breast imaging. 

 

He currently has 43 published outputs to include journal articles, conference presentations, and scientific posters. 

Kathryn Taylor

Kathryn works as an accredited consultant radiographer at the Cambridge Breast Unit. Commensurate with a consultant role she has commitments to research, teaching and professional leadership.

Kathryn teaches externally on both undergraduate and post graduate radiography courses and in house to junior medics. She also mentors advance practitioner training in her department.

Current workforce issues are of interest and Kathryn has recently undertaken several pieces of work looking at factors affecting perception of breast imaging as a career option and inclusion of mammography in the undergraduate curriculum. She has secured several relevant external funding sources for this. 

Kathryn has orally disseminated study findings nationally and internationally and is an author and reviewer for several journals and on the editorial board for Radiography.

She is an assessor for the SCoR and member of the Consultant Radiographer Advisory Group, also the Clinical Professional Group advisory to the NHS Breast Screening Programme. She is knowledgeable about the pathways towards the consultant role, accreditation and the importance of incorporating research into this. She is very happy to be contacted for help and advice. 

Marius Mada

Marius qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in Romania in 2003 following a degree in Automation Engineering. He went straight into medical research joining a Marie Curie founded PhD programme at University of Nottingham.

His thesis was exploring the application of hyperpolarised 3-helium MRI in the functional assessment of lungs microstructure. 

Following a year experience in industry with Siemens Healthcare in Romania Marius returned to UK for a post-doctoral position at University of Cambridge. Here he started research collaboration with world renowned clinicians working in brain research.

Marius spent over seven years as a researcher and radiographer in the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, a research unit attached to the Neuro Critical Care Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He was involved in studies related to traumatic brain injuries, brain tumours, surgical planning and MR Spectroscopy. 

Currently Marius is leading the MRI services at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge. He is also coordinating the training component of the DPUK MR-PET Partnership Grant, a collaboration initiative of the seven sites that operate PET-MRI scanners. 

Marius collaborated with Siemens Saudi Arabia for a training project to provide MRI education to radiographers. He also teaches cardiac imaging at Anglia Ruskin University. 

He is also a member of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine Technologists Interest Group and the Technologist Representative for the MR Spectroscopy Group of ISMRM.

Pam Shuttleworth

Pam qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer and has worked for many years in the NHS Radiotherapy service and remains working in a clinical setting today.

Many changes have taken place over theses years in technology and treatment techniques, these changes have encouraged an interest in education and training in order to maintain an up to date knowledge in Radiotherapy. 

Pam completed an MSc in Health Research in 2014 whilst working in a Clinical Trials Radiographer role at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.

Pam’s research interests are in research methods, workforce development within the Clinical Trials environment, and improving outcomes for patients through the use of clinical trials. 

In December 2016 Pam met with a group of Radiographers involved in Clinical Trials and Research and together they formed the SoR Special Interest Group to bring together colleagues involved in trials and research.

The aims of the group are to share knowledge and best practice in the trials and research environment in what can be isolated posts within departments in the UK. Any member is welcome to join this group. 

Pam has years of experience of ethics approvals, trial protocols, recruitment strategies for trials and study delivery. She is happy to share this experience with anyone contemplating studies in a clinical setting. 

Rob Meertens

Rob is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter and teaches on undergraduate modules covering research methods, undergraduate and MbyRes research projects, clinical placements, pathology and radiographic equipment.

Rob has over nine years’ ongoing clinical experience as a diagnostic radiographer, including expertise in computed tomography, coronary angiography, neurological angiography and bone mineral densitometry. An interest in CT colonography led Rob to successfully completing an MSc in Health Services Research at the University of York with distinction.

This included a systematic review and meta-analysis on the accuracy of radiographer reporting of intra-luminal pathology on CT Colonography examinations. Dissemination was financially supported by the College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme (CoRIPS Application 051). 

Rob also now peer reviews for Radiography and the Cochrane Collaboration's Diagnostic Test Accuracy Editorial Board. He is an active member of the South West's Council for Allied Health Professions Research (SW-CAHPR).

Rob is also currently undertaking a PhD with support from the CoRIPS Doctoral Fellowship Grant. This research project is investigating the microvascular health of bone tissue using a novel diagnostic technique: near infrared spectroscopy. 

Anne-Marie Culpan

Anne-Marie has been a diagnostic radiographer for over 30 years; she has Masters degrees in Medical Ultrasound and Research Methods for the Social Sciences and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice. After working in senior positions in the NHS and Higher Education, Anne -Marie is now employed by Health Education England leading imaging education projects and advising their national cancer Strategy team on AHP workforce and education issues. 

Over the last 15 years, Anne-Marie has taught quantitative and qualitative research methods, supervised a variety of student projects at under and postgraduate level and supported and mentored students to publish and present their work. Anne-Marie was the first non-medical editor of the British Medical Ultrasound Society journal ‘Ultrasound’ and in 2016 received an ‘Outstanding Reviewer’ award from the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. 

Anne-Marie received a 3-year full Doctoral Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Health Research in 2012 and during her PhD used qualitative methods and ‘realist evaluation’ methodology to study the mechanisms and consequences of radiographer performed mammography image interpretation in NHS symptomatic breast clinics. Most recently, she has joined an international team of psychology researchers investigating signal processing in mammography image interpretation. 

Gareth Hill

Gareth qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 2007 from Cardiff University and then took up his first post at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. After working clinically in the North West of England and specialising in a Clinical Education role, Gareth then took on a part-time lecturer position at the University of Liverpool in 2013. Having held many administrative posts within Radiography Education, Gareth took on his current role In October 2014 at Queen Margaret University (QMU) and now has responsibility of Programme Leadership for the MSc in Radiotherapy.

Gareth has a background and interest in developing his teaching through using innovative methods to enhance students learning. Gareth enjoys a wide range of teaching duties as well as furthering his skills, experience and research interests in Oncology and Person Centred Care. His research interests are currently focused around the LGB experience of Cancer and is currently undertaking a part-time PhD investigating the effects of cancer treatment on LGB personhood. 

Gareth feels that it important to employ person-centred methods within his research and as such has developed a keenness to use participatory forms of research. This ensures that his research has a strong focus on being person-centred by making sure that those that are affected by the issues in the research directly are provided with a voice to tell their stories of their experiences. Gareth is an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre at QMU that has a focus on doing research that ‘humanises healthcare’ by keeping the person at the centre of care.

Gareth warmly welcomes approaches from individuals and groups who would like to find out more about his research. 

Helen McAlinney

Following qualification as a Diagnostic Radiographer Helen subsequently completed training as a sonographer. In addition she has incepted and managed an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme and worked within a Radiology Service senior leadership team. The valuable experience derived from these varied roles serves to consolidate Helen’s fundamental belief that quality imaging services begin with professional, qualified teams of staff delivering safe, evidenced based care. 

Helen’s approach to continued learning sees her welcoming opportunities to challenge existing practices, as such, she is dedicated to improving professional practice through learning and research. The ability to do this successfully is facilitated by theoretical understanding, and practical implementation of, the introduction of innovation into practice, crucially incorporating evaluation of the process in order to measure impact and success. 

Whilst undertaking the MSc in Medical Ultrasound Helen completed a dissertation on infant cranial ultrasound. This provided an opportunity to investigate local infant cranial ultrasound service delivery, aiming to align it to the national consensus of best practice. 

Helen has worked to mentor and support the clinical and theoretical education of the Ultrasound and AAA Screening Programme students in her department. She commenced her affiliation with formal education as a guest lecturer at the University of Salford and now works in full time education, in the role of Ultrasound Lecturer, at the University of Leeds. This will allow her to develop her passion for teaching and to embrace further opportunities within education and research. 

Phil Cosson

Phil completed the three-year Diploma of the College of Radiography at Greenwich in London in 1985. He has worked in six different hospitals throughout a clinical career which has had several highlights. These include working alongside Sir Godfrey Hounsfield for a day, being one of the first Radiographers to generate a 'digital' CXR, and helping to launch cardiac angiography services in Middlesbrough.

Phil has been a member of Teesside University since 1992 - working on the very first radiography degree course. He has also been a post graduate student here, gaining a teaching qualification and doctorate. He was recognized as national 'learning technologist of the year, 2007' by the Association for Learning Technology for his work in computer simulation in education.

Phil’s research specialisms include computer simulation of all aspects of radiographic practice, medical informatics and its specific application to radiographic image interpretation, and the lived experience of radiographers in their day to day role. He has been invited to speak and chair scientific sessions at conferences all over the world. He acts as a reviewer for several journals, including the British Journal of Radiology, and is a member of the Radiography journal editorial board.

Phil is currently the elected representative of northern region radiography professionals on the national committee of the Society of Radiographers. His term will be ending in June 2019. He also holds a directorship and was co-founder of a limited company involved in medical simulation training. He holds membership of the Health & Care Professions Council, Anatomy Society, Society and College of Radiographers, and British Institute of Radiology.

Christina Malamateniou

Christina qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in Greece in 2002 at the Department of Medical Imaging and radiotherapy. She worked clinically in MRI and briefly mammography at the University Hospital of Athens Attikon before she started her PhD in perinatal MRI at Imperial College London in 2003, fully funded by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation competitive grant.

She identified a unique cerebrovascular phenotype of preterm born infants compared to their term born counterparts. Having graduated from her PhD, she worked in academia as a lecturer (teaching and research position) in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Liverpool until the end of 2008. In 2009 she returned back to the Hammermsith Hospital and Imperial College London to continue with her research in fetal MRI.

In 2012 she was appointed lecturer at King’s College London based at St Thomas’s Hospital, a position she held until 2016, to take up the post of Research lead at Associate Professor level in the University of Greenwich. Christina is a fellow of the HEA and currently studies for her MA in clinical education at King’s College London.

Christina has also worked briefly in Industry as a research consultant of Philips Medical Systems in Athens, where she advised the optimisation of perinatal MRI protocols at the private maternity hospital “Mitera”, links that she holds until this day. Christina has been an invited lecturer in more than 25 occasions in postgraduate courses, conferences, seminars and workshops across Europe. She was the chair of the scientific programme committee of the annual Greek Radiographer conference in Thessaloniki in 2010 and the co-chair of the radiographers Scientific programme of the European Congress of Radiology in 2016 in Vienna.

She is currently the chair of the Medical Imaging Expert Committee of the European federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS), a co-opted member of the College of Radiographer’s research group and a member of the patient and public involvement group in the same organisation. Christina is leading the FoRRM initiative at the College of radiographers working alongside expert radiographers in research theory and practice in the steering committee.

Christina has published more than 26 papers in peer-reviewed journals, more than 90 c0nference abstracts in national and international conferences and has received total grant money as PI or Co-I of more than £2.6mi. Her expertise is perinatal MRI, clinical education 9including mentorship)

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