Brain Sciences


Prof. Frederik Barkhof awarded the International Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Gold Medal

18 May 2021

Professor Barkhof has been awarded the prestigious ISMRM Gold Medal recognising a major research contribution to the field of magnetic resonance.

Frederik Barkhof

Frederik Barkhof, Professor of Neuroradiology at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, said: “I felt humbled to be listed among a list of very prominent MRI researchers included Nobel-prize winners that developed and introduced clinical MRI, and am delighted to receive this award for my seminal contributions to the understanding of white matter disease and dementia using novel MRI techniques.”

Professor Barkhof’s research has used a wide variety of new MRI pulse-sequences and analysis techniques to study brain structure and function and established their clinical value in white matter disease and dementia, with a focus on histopathological validation, diagnostic criteria, disease mechanisms and prognosis as well as drug development.

He said the award reinforces how collaboration between MRI physicists and medical doctors is essential to further the field of MRI and that this dialogue is vital for translational neuroimaging.

Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences, said: “This is a wonderful achievement and truly reflects the contribution Professor Barkhof has made to the field over a number of years.”

The prestigious awards were presented at the ISMRM Annual Meeting, which was held virtually this year, with over 5,000 attendees dedicated to the field of magnetic resonance participating.

The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine is an international, non-profit, scientific association whose purpose is to promote communication, research, development, and applications in the field of magnetic resonance in medicine and biology and other related topics and to develop and provide channels and facilities for continuing education in the field. Its multidisciplinary membership of over 9,000 consists of clinicians, physicists, engineers, biochemists, and technologists.