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Irish academics elected to lead European societies of radiology
- Leading UCC academics elected as Presidents of European radiology societies.
- Professor Adrian Brady has been appointed as President of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European Congress of Radiology (ECR).
- Dr Andrew England has been elected President of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS).
Two Irish radiology leaders have been appointed to presidential posts in Europe.
Professor Adrian Brady, Clinical Professor of Radiology, UCC and Consultant Radiologist at Mercy University Hospital, Cork has been elected President of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European Congress of Radiology (ECR). The ESR, with over 130,000 members from 186 countries worldwide, is the world’s largest radiology society. It is the first time a radiologist based in Ireland has held this leadership position.
Dr Andrew England, Senior Lecturer in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy at School of Medicine, UCC was elected President of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS). The Federation represents 35 countries and over 100,000 radiographers and radiation therapists at European level. It is the highest position a radiographer can serve in Europe.
The future of radiology
Professor Adrian Brady is preparing for this year’s European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna in Austria in early March.
Explaining the conference theme ‘The Cycle of Life’, he said: “I want to reflect the fact that radiology has a major impact and input into every aspect of life, from before birth through to the end of life and even encompassing applications in the afterlife - its role in forensics, paleontology and archaeology. We want to highlight the fact that radiology is a significant contributor to healthcare and scientific endeavour throughout life and beyond.”
Professor Brady said: “I hope my time in office will raise the profile of Ireland on an international medical stage and of the academic bodies we represent, especially my own university, University College Cork. I hope it showcases the skills that are available in the radiology workforce within Ireland, which are at a magnificent level. Ireland is a very highly skilled country in terms of the graduates we produce and the services we provide and that is reflected in the development of programmes like the UCC Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy programme which are a significant step in the right direction in increasing radiographer graduate numbers in Ireland.”
Professor Brady is currently co-leading a Europe-wide project, funded by the European Commission, to explore issues of education, training, workload and workforce availability in key professions.
Dr Andrew England, newly appointed President of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies, said he hopes his time as President continues the advancement of the radiography profession across the continent.
Dr England said: “I am extremely honoured to represent radiographers and radiation therapists across Europe and will continue to promote the excellent reputation of Ireland in among the global radiography community. With the continual rise in the demand for medical imaging and radiation therapy treatments we must increase the training opportunities for radiographers in Ireland”.
Dr England will also be attending the European Congress of Radiology meeting and has been a key figure in helping plan the radiographer’s programme.
The EFRS and the European Society of Radiology have he explained a longstanding relationship “and this year’s ECR meeting will have an excellent radiographers’ programme. It has been a huge privilege to work with Prof. Brady and his colleagues in planning the congress”.
Professor Helen Whelton, Head of the College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork said: “Their appointments are a huge achievement and testament to the excellent work, leadership and outstanding contributions made by both professors in their field”.