Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


Inaugural Lecture Series 2023-24: A Magnetic Journey

22 May 2024, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

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Optimising MRI Mapping of Tissue Electromagnetic Properties for Clinical Applications

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UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre (G06)
Robert's Building
Torrington Place

A Magnetic Journey with Professor Karin Shmueli


From a PhD at UCL to postdoctoral research the USA National Institutes of Health and attracted back to UCL again, I will describe my magnetic journey to becoming a Professor of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Physics in October 2021. I will talk about magnetic susceptibility: what is it, why is it useful and how we can calculate it from MRI phase images that are not usually used. I will present some of the research I have done with my team and collaborators to optimise quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) for clinical applications from head to (almost) toe, such as: in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and sickle cell anaemia, in head and neck cancer down to prostate and pelvic imaging. Finally, I will introduce the start of my journey into using QSM to study brain function and using MRI to measure electrical conductivity.

The lecture will run from 17:30 - 18:30, with a drinks reception from 18:30 - 20:00. This event is open to the public, as well as all UCL staff and students.

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About Professor Karin Shmueli

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Karin Shmueli is a Professor of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics. She is internationally recognised as a pioneer of and leader in the field of quantitative magnetic susceptibility mapping (QSM): a technique to calculate pathophysiologically relevant maps representing tissue composition (e.g. iron content, calcifications and myelination) from the phase of the MRI signal often discarded in conventional MRI. Since (re)joining UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering as a Lecturer in MRI in January 2012, Prof. Shmueli has built and leads an MRI physics research group and a collaborative research programme involving scientists and clinicians in the UK and worldwide. She currently holds a European Research Council Consolidator Grant and a Cancer Research UK Multidisciplinary Award.

Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series 2023-24

This lecture is part of the UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2023-24 Professorial Inaugural Lecture series. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance.  

All of our inaugural lectures are free to attend and open to all. You don't have to be a UCL staff member or student to come along.

Lectures begin at 17:30 and are typically one hour long. A drinks reception will follow, to which everyone is welcome to join. We look forward to meeting you at one of our events!


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