We are delighted to announce these Illustrious Clinical Speakers have been confirmed for IEEE IUS 2019:

Prof Andy Evans

University of Dundee, UK

Prof Andy Evans has been Professor of breast imaging at Dundee University since 2009, Prior to this he was a consultant radiologist and director of the Nottingham International Breast Education Centre.

His main research interest is shear wave elastography (SWE) of the breast.  His work has enabled many benign breast masses to avoid biopsy due to the very high negative predictive value benign grey scale US and SWE findings.  He has recently shown that stiffness at SWE is an independent prognostic factor for breast cancer.   Andy is currently developing a pre-operative prognostic index for breast cancer based on imaging and core biopsy findings which should help patient selection for neo-adjuvant systemic therapy.  His team have also recently shown that skin involvement at US is a powerful poor prognostic factor in breast cancer patients. His group has also shown that SWE has a useful role in monitoring response of breast cancer to neo-adjuvant chemotherapy.

Other recent research projects have focused on the use of tomosynthesis in symptomatic women and percutaneous vacuum removal of the sentinel node in women with breast cancer.  Current projects in include a head to head comparison of combined tomosynthesis and contrast enhanced mammography vs. MRI in women with symptomatic breast cancer, and investigating changes in mammographic density in women on adjuvant hormone therapy as a predictor of recurrence.  Past funder have included FP7 (EU) the EPSRC while current funders are the CSO and Breast Cancer Now.

Andy is also an accomplished musician, he plays the French Horn, is a published composer and is founder and conductor of the Dundee Chamber Orchestra.

View Abstract: Using shear wave elastography to manage breast cancer patients

Prof Graeme McLeod

University of Dundee, UK

Graeme McLeod is Consultant Anaesthetist & Honorary Clinical Professor in the Institute of Neuroscience, Ninewells Hospital & University of Dundee. He conducts multi-disciplinary, translational regional anaesthesia research using the soft embalmed Thiel cadaver simulator and anaesthetised pig models in order to understand the basic mechanisms that underpin the practice of regional anaesthesia. Projects include: (i) invention of an ultrasound actuated needle visible in colour on doppler images (to be sold as a cancer biopsy needle by Active Needle Technologies); (ii) development of a needle with ultrasound at the tip  and (iii) investigation into the mechanisms of nerve damage using 40MHz micro-ultrasound and photoacoustics (funded by BJA/RCoA PhD studentship).

View Abstract: Ultrasonic regional anaesthesia needles or ultrasound at tip of needle: fact or fiction? 

Prof Paul Sidhu

King's College London, UK

Paul Sidhu is Professor of Imaging Sciences at King’s College London and a Consultant Radiologist in the Department of Radiology at King’ College Hospital. He qualified from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (now part of Imperial College) in 1982, with Honours. He completed his housmanship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington on the Professorial Medical Unit, before completing Senior House Officer Positions at the Brompton Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Guy’s Hospital.  He spent some time as a Medical Registrar at Guy’s Hospital. He spent a year as a Lecturer in the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur before returning to Radiology training at the Hammersmith Hospital and King’s College Hospital. He was appointed a Consultant Radiologist at King’s College Hospital in 1996, with a role in Ultrasound and Interventional Radiology. He was made Professor of Imaging Sciences in 2012. He has published extensively on many aspects of Ultrasound particularly in relation to male health and liver transplantation, and has pioneered the introduction of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in the United Kingdom. He is recognised as an authority in the application of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in clinical practice. He has published extensively, predominantly on subjects related to medical ultrasound and vascular interventional radiology. He is the Editor of 6 books, and has published over 300 scientific articles and book chapters. He lectures widely with over 500 presentations at national and international meetings.  He is currently the Editor of the European Journal of Ultrasound and previously Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Radiology.  He is immediate past-President of the British Medical Ultrasound Society and the Past-President of the Section of Radiology of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is President of the European Federation of Socities in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. His current research interests include the application of contrast enhanced ultrasound to the testis, radiation dose reduction in children and non-invasive ultrasound in the assessment of liver disease.

View Abstract: CEUS and Elastography of the Liver, Thyroid and the Testis