Building Friendships at the Asian-Oceanian Congress of Neuroradiology – Singapore, August 2023

From left to right: Turgut Tali, Paul Parizel, Wan-Yuo Guo, Tarek Yousry, Daniel Birchall








There was very strong representation of the World Federation at the August 2023 Asian-Oceanian Congress of Neuroradiology in Singapore. Five members of the Executive Committee were present, with leading presentational roles.

Importantly, the Congress helped the Federation to strengthen its engagement with our members in Asia-Oceania, and to discuss how we can best collaborate and build meaningful partnerships in the future.

Four ExCom members were invited to present to the Executive Committee of the Asian-Oceanian Society of Neck & Head / Neuroradiology Society (AOSNHNR) with encouraging conversations to plan for the future.

Our President, Wan-Yuo Guo, presented a paper detailing his work planning an infrastructure for the application of artificial intelligence in Taiwan. President-Elect, Daniel Birchall, and ExCom committee member Paul Parizel were key Plenary Speakers, Daniel talking on perceptual inattention in Radiology and Paul presenting an innovative SWOT analysis about the future of Neuroradiology. All lectures were well received.

Committee member and ESNR President, Tarek Yousry, presented an invitation to attend the Symposium Neuroradiologicum 2026 to be held in London. Tarek and Past-President of the World Federation, Turgut Tali, then presented an invitation to an innovative collaborative conference to be co-hosted by ESNR and AOSNHNR in Istanbul in 2024.

Two travelling fellows, sponsored by the World Federation, Drs Gehani and Gorolay,were also in attendance at the Congress, both of whom had poster presentations.

Most importantly, the 2023 Singapore conference helped the Federation to continue to build friendly collaborations with member societies in a key part of the Neuroradiology world. Special thanks are due to Professors Lim and Chan in Singapore for their kind invitations and hospitality.

Wan-Yuo Guo and Daniel Birchall in conference.

WFNRS Announces Travel Grant Recipients to Attend ESNR 2023 in Vienna

WFNRS is pleased to announce that $2,000 travel grants have been awarded to the following winners to attend the upcoming ESNR 2023 Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria from September 20 – 24, 2023.

Vasco Sousa Abreu, MD
Department of Neuroradiology
Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Santo António (CHUdSA)
Porto, Portugal
Read Dr. Abreu’s report about ESNR 2023 here.

Aynur Azizova, MD
Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Department
Amsterdam UMC, VU University Medical Center
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Read Dr. Azizova’s report about ESNR 2023 here.


The WFNRS travelling grant program intends to foster the development of young and in-training neuroradiologists in the field of both diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology by supporting their attendance at major neuroradiological meetings organized by ESNR, ASNR, AOSNR, and Symposium Neuroradiologicum (SNR).

WFNRS Announces Travel Grant Recipients to Attend AOCNR 2023 in Singapore

WFNRS is pleased to announce that $2,000 travel grants have been awarded to the following winners to attend the upcoming AOCNR 2023 meeting in Singapore from August 18 – 20, 2023.

Vineet Gorolay, MD, FRANZCR
Department of Radiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Neuroradiology Section, Department of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, USA
Read Dr. Gorolay’s report about AOCNR 2023 here.

Anisha Gehani, MD
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Tata Medical Center
Kolkata, India
Read Dr. Gehani’s report about AOCNR 2023 here.


The WFNRS travelling grant program intends to foster the development of young and in-training neuroradiologists in the field of both diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology by supporting their attendance at major neuroradiological meetings organized by ESNR, ASNR, AOSNR, and Symposium Neuroradiologicum (SNR).

WFNRS Announces Travel Grant Recipients to Attend ASNR 2023 Annual Meeting in Chicago

Dr. Orozco, Dr. Wan-Yuo Guo (WFNRS President) and Dr. Robbe at the ASNR23 Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 29-May 3.

WFNRS is pleased to announce that $2,000 travel grants have been awarded to the following winners to attend the upcoming ASNR Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, April 29 – May 3, 2023.

M.M.Q. (Quirien) Robbe, MD
Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Maastricht University Medical Centre
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Read Dr. Robbe’s experience at ASNR23 here.

Valentina Múnera Orozco, MD
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
Medellín, Colombia
Read Dr. Orozco’s experience at ASNR23 here.


The WFNRS travelling grant program intends to foster the development of young and in-training neuroradiologists in the field of both diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology by supporting their attendance at major neuroradiological meetings organized by ESNR, ASNR, AOSNR, and Symposium Neuroradiologicum (SNR).

There is still time to apply for the remaining WFNRS travelling grants to the AOCNR and ESNR meetings. Click here for complete details about the travelling grants program.

Celebrating Three SNR Honorary Presidents

Three Honorary SNR Presidents were celebrated during SNR XXII, held May 14-16, 2022, in New York City. The Honorary Presidents were appointed by the SNR XXII President, Dr. Mauricio Castillo, and recognized by SNR XXII Program Chair, Dr. Christine Glastonbury, during the Opening Ceremony.








Professor Sirintara Singhara Na Ayudhaya

Professor Sirintara Singhara Na Ayudhaya is a neuroradiologist at Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok and a pioneer in the field of Neurointerventional Radiology in Thailand.

Dr. Singhara Na Ayudhaya graduated with honors from Mahidol University’s medical school in Bangkok and was awarded the Certified National Board in Radiology by the Thai Medical Council in 1987. It was during her Residency Training Program that she developed a keen interest in Neurointerventional Radiology and then went to Paris to train further in Interventional Neuroradiology at Bicêtre Hospital, under the guidance of Prof. Lasjaunias – who many will know as perhaps the grandmaster of Interventional Neuroradiology. This training in Paris was the beginning of a long association as she was chosen to be a Co-Director of the Joint Master Degree in Neurovascular diseases between the Universities of Mahidol and Paris Sud from 1999 – 2008. This program later became known as the Diploma course in Neurovascular disease and was later renamed PLANET.

After her initial training in Paris Professor Singhara Na Ayudhaya returned to Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok in 1995, where she was appointed to be the first Chief of the Neurointervention Unit – later renamed to the Division of Neurointerventional Radiology. Here she has held several prominent executive positions including as Chief of Diagnostic Radiology, Vice Chair and then Chair of the Department, as well as the Deputy Director of Ramathibodi Hospital.  Since 2012 she has held the position of Deputy Dean for International Relations and Research Collaborations and she is currently the Acting Director of the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Center and Faculty of Medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital.

She continues to lecture and teach at many conferences and meetings and remains as co-director of the PLANET conference. The program is a result of a collaboration between Tufts University (USA), University of Toronto (Canada), and Ramathibodi hospital (Thailand). More than 600 students have graduated from this program in over 50 countries from around the world.

Professor Singhara Na Ayudhaya is a world-known specialist in interventional neuroradiology, and respected contributor at academic meetings of the world societies of Neurointervention and neuroradiology.

Professor Singhara Na Ayudhaya co-founded The Association of Thai Interventional Neuroradiology in 2008 and served as President for three terms. She has been a senior member of Asian-Australasian Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (AAFITN) since 2000 and also served as president of that society from 2010 to 2012. and was President of World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology from 2015-2017.

Throughout her years of dedication to the medical profession, Professor Singhara Na Ayudhaya has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of her contributions. In 2005, she was granted the Chevalier in L’Ordre des Palmes Academique which is a national order bestowed by the French Republic on distinguished academics and teachers for valuable service to universities, education and science.

Dr. Raquel del Carpio-O’Donovan

Dr. Raquel del Carpio-O’Donovan, is a Professor of Radiology, Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University and a full time practicing neuroradiologist at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC),

Professor del Carpio grew up in Peru and  went to medical school in Lima before moving to Montréal for radiology residency at McGill, then staying for fellowship. Upon completion of her training, Professor del Carpio joined McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences where she is active lecturer and teacher of Neuroradiology. She has been on faculty 30 years and has held positions as Radiology and Neuroradiology program director as well as Vice-Chair of the Department. Since 2013 she has been the Director of the Visiting Professor program using her extensive international network to invite Neuroradiology luminaries from around the world to teach at McGill.

Dr. del Carpio-O’Donovan is a very active lecturer and traveler, having been an international visiting professor in at least 30 countries, and also collaborating in the organization of meetings and courses in several Latin American countries. She has lectured on behalf of the RSNA, ISMRM, CIR, CAR.  She has also actively participated in educational programs in developing countries representing the ASNR and the Ibero-Latin American Society of Neuroradiology (SILAN). Dr. del Carpio-O’Donovan has been deeply and actively involved in the development of diagnostic radiology in South America.

Dr. del Carpio has many honors to her name and her first Radiology award was in 1982, and an Honorary Mention for her scientific exhibit “High resolution CT scan in the study of the middle ear.” A few of the perhaps more notable awards since then: In 2016 she received the Gold Medal from the Peruvian Society of Radiology for her continuous efforts to improve the quality of Radiology in her native country as well as the Gold Medal for achievements throughout her career from the Canadian Association of Radiologists. In 2017 the Societe de Radiologie du Quebec awarded her its highest distinction, the Prix Albert Jutras and in 2019 the Mexican Society of Radiology and Imaging also awarded her its Gold Medal for her career achievements and longstanding contributions to the Radiology community in Mexico.

Professor Françoise Héran

Professor Françoise Héran a member of the French Society of Neuroradiology.

Growing up in a small village in the south of Paris she had intended to be a psychiatrist but after arguing with radiologists in her training, she chose an internship in Radiology and found her calling. She later specialized in Neuroradiology and H&N imaging.

Professor Heran is a full time neuroradiologist for the past 23 years at la foundation Adoff de Rott-chillled in Paris. She has held various positions at this ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology hospital, including deputy, then Chief of Radiology.

She has been and still is very active in multiple societies. She is the Treasurer and a member of the board of the French Society of Neuroradiology, the Treasurer and member of the board the Ile de France department of the French Society of Radiology and a member of the Board of the French Club of Neuroophthalmology.  She is known for her enthusiasm and skill for teaching.  She gives courses to many trainees in neuroradiology, ENT radiology, ophthalmology and anesthesia resuscitation.

She published her first book in 2007 written with her friend and colleague François Lafitte:  “Practical MRI In Neuroradiology” with the second edition published in 2013 and the third edition in progress.

In 2016 “Neuro Ophthalmology” was published which she again wrote with Francois Lafitte with collaboration from radiologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, ophthalmologist.

“Imaging of the Salivary Glands” was published 2011 with Philippe Katz and brought together ENT specialists, anatomical pathologists, cytologists and radiologists.

As part of her teaching Prof Heran teaches courses given for students achieving their university diplomas including in neuroophthalmology, ear, nose and throat diseases and in neuroradiology. She also participates enthusiastically at annual meetings with presentations, posters and refresher courses.

In addition to her outstanding career as a professor, Francoise has many non-Radiology interests including reading, playing the piano, gardening, travelling, learning Spanish, biking, cooking, dancing, going to concerts and spending time with her kids.

Core Literature Resources in Neuroimaging

As Chair of the WFNRS Core Literature Resources in Neuroimaging Subcommittee, I invite you to explore Core Literature Resources in Neuroimaging under the Education tab.

This repository of important papers in Brain, Spine, and Head & Neck was carefully chosen by a team of expert curators to provide a central and accessible list of publications deemed essential to those who wish to expand their knowledge of neuroimaging. The lists are divided into subtopic headers, and many of the references conveniently link to open access papers.

We hope you will find this new WFNRS resource useful for both education and clinical practice!

Deborah Shatzkes, MD
Chair, WFNRS Core Literature Resources in Neuroimaging Subcommittee
Member, WFNRS Education Committee
First Past President, ASHNR

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.

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.  

Click here for more information:

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: