October 2016

In recognition of her major contributions to oncologic radiology and her dedication to the advancement of the field in Europe and beyond, Professor Andrea G. Rockall from London, United Kingdom, has been invited to give the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Honorary Lecture ‘Imaging the invisible killer: towards personalisation of ovarian cancer care’.

Andrea G. Rockall is Consultant Radiologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Visiting Professor of Radiology at Imperial College London, UK.

She graduated in neuroanatomy at King’s College London in 1987 and received her medical degree from King’s College Hospital Medical School in 1990. She was awarded the Royal College of Radiologists’ (RCR) Rohan Williams Medal, the gold medal award for the FRCR examination, in 1997.

She chose radiology as a career because of the central role imaging plays in the diagnostic pathway. After completing her training in internal medicine, she started working as a registrar in radiology at St. Mary’s Hospital and then as a senior registrar in radiology at University College London Hospitals. In 2000, she was appointed Senior Lecturer and Consultant Radiologist at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital London, a position she held for twelve years. During that time, she was appointed Honorary Professor of Cancer Imaging at Bart’s Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University London, before taking up her current position.

Prof. Rockall is currently chief investigator on three national multi-centre studies: the MAPPING study, which is evaluating diffusion weighted imaging, FDG and F-ethyl-choline PET/CT in nodal staging in cervix and endometrial cancer (funded by Cancer Research UK); the MALIBO study, which is developing machine learning in whole body MRI for detection of metastatic disease (funded by National Institute for Health Research – NIHR); and the MROC study, which is evaluating multi-parametric MRI in determining treatment planning and staging of ovarian cancer (also funded by NIHR).

Prof. Rockall has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, three books and numerous book chapters.

She was president of the International Cancer Imaging Society for 2015 and is a council member of the British Gynaecologic Cancer Society. She is also currently a member of the RCR Steering Group for Cancer Imaging and Reporting, and she chairs the Female Pelvic Imaging Working Group for the European Society of Urogenital Radiology.

In addition, she serves on several committees, including the European Society of Gynaecologic Oncology’s quality standards in ovarian cancer surgery committee, the RSNA Programme Committee and the ACR O-RADS steering committee. She has also served as Chair of the ESR Statutes and Rules Subcommittee and as a member of the ESR Membership Subcommittee.

Prof. Rockall has received many distinctions for her work, including the Outstanding Teacher Award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in 2014.

At ECR 2016, Prof. Rockall will present the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Honorary Lecture, titled ‘Imaging the invisible killer: towards personalisation of ovarian cancer care’.