Welcome to the British & Irish Chapter of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. The creation of the British Chapter was formally approved by the Board of Trustees of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine on 19 September 1994. Our main activity is the organisation of scientific meetings. In January 2009 a New Initiative Fund was created, please see the information below.

Committee Members Past & Present

Penny Gowland2009-2020Chair (2016-2019)
Po-Wah So2015-Secretary (2017-)
David Buckley2015-Treasurer (2018-)
Mary Maclean2015-Communications officer (2016-)
Harish Poptani2016-D&I officer (2018-)
Ian Wilkinson2017- 
David Lurie2019- 
Andrew Peet2017- 
Kevin Murphy 2019- 
Damian Tyler2016- 
Philip Murphy2018- 
Matthew Clemence2018-BIR SIG representative
Jack Miller2018-Post-doc member
Chiara Pereira 2019-Student rep
Geoff Parker2005-2019Secretary (2006 - 2011); Treasurer (2015-2018)
Matt Grech-Sollars2018-2019Corresponding member as IPEM SIG representative

Formation of the Chapter

by John Griffiths
October 2019

When Magnetic Resonance was being developed for in vivo studies, in the early 1980s, the researchers didn’t come together in national scientific societies.  They were living in the global village, and instead they formed two international societies: the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (which I joined in 1984 and served on its Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1992) and the Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  In 1994, after long negotiations… [read more]


We are proud to remember the contributions that so many scientists who have worked or lived in Britain or Ireland and made to our field and our community during their lives. (If you would like to add an obituary please let us know). Click here to view the Obituaries page.

Positive Spin: The Newsletter of the British & Irish Chapter of the ISMRM

Scientific Meetings organised by the BC-ISMRM