Nandita M deSouza, Professor of Translational Imaging and Co-Director of the MRI Unit, The Institute of Cancer Research, UK.
Nandita’s main interests are oncological imaging with particular emphasis on gynaecological, prostate and breast tumours, using functional imaging techniques to understand biology, improve staging and monitor treatment response. She holds a Cancer Research UK Imaging Centre grant in MRI as Co-Principal Investigator and has several project and studentship grants.
As an academic radiologist, she innovates and translates imaging biomarkers and implements image-guided therapy that impacts patient care. Over the last 5 years, a major focus of her effort has been to standardise imaging nationally and internationally in multicentre trials through European leadership (Chair EORTC Imaging Group 2012-15), funded national (DISCOVAR) and international (EORTC-1217) trials and collaboration with North American effort (QIBA). She has established and clinically directs the only NIHR Clinical Research Facility (CRF) in Imaging in the UK at the Royal Marsden (Sept 2012). Together, the CRUK Imaging Centre and the NIHR CRF provide imaging research infrastructure to the institution. Research income through these programmes and other project specific grants allows imaging research developments to be seamlessly translated into clinical practice to deliver a high quality, state-of-the-art service. Examples of practice-changing clinical service from her research techniques are endocavitary MRI (selects women with cervical cancer for fertility-sparing surgery), multiparametric endorectal MRI (manages men with prostate cancer on active surveillance) and peritoneal imaging for ovarian cancer.
Nandita functions as Deputy Dean Clinical Sciences for the ICR (College of the University of London). She has published ~190 peer-reviewed articles, several book chapters and is editor of a multi-author book on Endocavitary MRI of the pelvis.