New Book and Film Highlight the Career of Neuroradiology Pioneer

The life and times of Arthur Schüller (1874–1957) are the subject of a new book entitled Arthur Schüller: Founder of NeuroradiologyA Life on Two Continents and an accompanying documentary called Xrays to Exile. Schüller was a distinguished pioneer in the field of neuroradiology. His research rapidly made him the pre-eminent authority on radiology of the skull and brain, particularly after the publication of his monograph on diseases of the head, which became the standard textbook throughout the “classic era” of neuroradiology. He authored another book and more than 300 scientific articles and is credited with the first descriptions of 3 diseases and 3 operations.

Schüller was a refugee, fleeing Austria with his wife and settling in Melbourne in 1939. The narrative of his career is woven into the personal history of his family. Tragically, his later years were darkened by the news from Europe that his 2 sons had perished in a concentration camp.

The biography was written by Keith Henderson (1923–2017) who, as a young neurosurgical trainee at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, met and worked with Schüller. Later, Henderson served for many years as the Head of the Neurosurgery Unit at St. Vincent’s. Keith’s son, Michael, Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne, completed the book after his father’s death.

The 30-minute documentary film on Schüller’s career and family history is available for free viewing at and provides a rich visual backdrop to Schüller’s story.

Sad WFNRS News: Dr. Michael Huckman

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is with great sadness that we communicate with you today.  Our dear friend, Dr. Michael Huckman, passed away on January 19th at home, while in the company of his son Andy.   Michael had a long and distinguished career which would be impossible to fully describe here thus, we will tell only some highlights.

As he was always proud to say, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton, and after medical school and a residency in radiology, he was an NIH-sponsored fellow in neuroradiology under Dr. Juan Taveras at Washington University.  In 1970 he moved to Rush University in Chicago as chief of neuroradiology and played a key role in obtaining one of the first three CT scanners in the USA.  He spent his entire career at that institution until 2010 when he retired and became Emeritus Professor.  His annual course in Neuroradiology (known to us all simply as the “Chicago Course”) was one of the longest running ones and attracted attendees from many countries.

Michael always spoke warmly of his days as editor in chief of the American Journal of Neuroradiology.  He was president of ASNR (1987) and of the World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies (2002).  He received the Gold Medals from ASNR and RSNA.

His love of humorous limericks was known to us all. When he finished his tenure as editor of AJNR, our colleague Dr. Robert Quencer said of him:

His tenure has come to an end

               Where eloquence and science were a blend

               So from all of its ranks

               Our Society gives thanks

               To Michael Huckman, Editor and Friend


Michael was a lovely, honest, elegant, and warm person.  He had many friends and always spoke kindly of his trainees, many of them whom he considered as family.  With Beverly, his wife of many decades, they formed a lovely and respected couple and many of us were lucky to be their guests at their amazing home.  Beverly preceded him and passed away 2 years ago leaving Michael heartbroken but accompanied by many friends from every corner of the world.  He is survived by his sons Andy, a lawyer in Chicago, and Robert, professor at Harvard University.

The Executive Committee of WFNRS.








Four AJNR editors: Drs. Quencer, Huckman, Castillo and Grossman during the 50th Meeting of ASNR at Keen’s Steak House in NYC.

Singapore Radiological Society “Covid ANE” webinar

Singapore Radiological Society Neuro Section kindly shares the webinar of “Covid ANE”, the infection control and preparedness, as well as neuroimaging in infection for neuroradiologist.  

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Castillo Named ARRS 2020 Gold Medalist

Mauricio Castillo of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive the 2020 ARRS Gold Medal for Distinguished Service to Radiology.

Currently, Mauricio Castillo is the James H. Scatliff distinguished professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Castillo began his academic career in diagnostic radiology at the University of Miami in Florida, followed by a two-year neuroradiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1990, he moved to the University of Texas Medical School at Houston as Assistant Professor of Radiology. Two years later, Castillo began his lengthy and illustrious tenure with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as chief of neuroradiology, where he was awarded the Scatliff professorship in October 2015.

Castillo has received more than 80 honors and awards, including the 1995 ARRS Melvin M. Figley Fellowship in Radiology Journalism, under then AJR Editor in Chief, Robert Berk, as well as a 1999 ARRS Visiting Scientist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and a 2009 ARRS Best Speaker Award.

The author of 30 books and nearly 200 electronic presentations— in addition to more than 170 book chapters, 380 peer-reviewed articles, 410 abstracts, and over 1,200 lectures during his 53 Visiting Professorships—Castillo has served on the editorial boards of 11 journals and as an article reviewer for 27 journals. From 2007–2015, he was Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Neuroradiology, the most important journal in clinical neuroimaging. The first-ever recipient of the American College of Radiology’s Jackson Education Fellowship and twice selected as his institution’s Radiology Teacher of the Year, Castillo has trained nearly 180 fellows in neuroradiology throughout his career.

A past ARRS president, Castillo has served numerous professional societies, including as a founding member of the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology and president of the American Society of Neuroradiology, receiving its Gold Medal last year. Presently, he serves as the president of Symposium Neuroradiologicum 2022. A native of Guatemala, he is an honorary member of the European and Italian Societies of Neuroradiology and the Spanish, Chinese-Taiwan, Argentinian, Ecuatorian, Pernubucam, and Cearense Societies of Radiology.

For the article on the ARRS site, please visit:

World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies (WFNRS) Travelling Grants

Due to these unprecedented times, the American Society of Neuroradiology will not have a physical meeting in 2020. Due to this change, the World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies has cancelled the WFNRS travel grants for ASNR 2020.

The World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies is still planning to award the two WFNRS Travel Grants for attendance at the 2020 ESNR Annual Meeting, currently scheduled to take place October 1-4, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Please note that all travel grant submissions received will be moved to the next deadline, Monday June 29, 2020, for consideration.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Julie Strozza, WFNRS Society Coordinator at