UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing


Gold Medal ISMRM awarded to Frederik Barkhof

25 June 2021

Prof. Frederik Barkhof receives the ISMRM Gold Medal at this year ISMRM Annual Meeting (2021) - this prestigious award recognises his outstanding research work and major contribution to the understanding of white matter disease and dementia using novel MRI techniques.


Frederik Barkhof, Professor of Neuroradiology at CMIC (UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing) as well as the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, said: “I felt humbled to be listed among a list of very prominent MRI researchers including Nobel-prize winners that developed and introduced clinical MRI, and am delighted that my research into the understanding of white matter disease and dementia using novel MRI techniques has received such recognition.”

Professor Barkhof’s research has inspired and 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, which strongly supports the way we work at CMIC.

Daniel Alexander, Director of CMIC, extended his warm congratulations on behalf of CMIC. He said: “It is fantastic to see Frederik’s seminal contributions in MRI research recognised with such a prestigious award from one of the most important scientific societies in our field. At CMIC we have benefitted immeasurably from his expertise, experience, and insight over the years. That is through both translation of emerging technologies to clinical applications, such as robust quantitative measurements of brain structure for supporting clinical decision making, and inspiring novel technological advances e.g. enabling disease progression and subtyping models in multiple sclerosis. We are very proud to have Frederik as part of the CMIC and UCL team.”


Prof. Frederik Barkhof