Steven Williams
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Head of Neuroimaging Department and Professor of Imaging Sciences with a strong interest in the translation of brain imaging techniques from the bench to the clinic.

Steve Williams is the Founder, Director and Head of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences based at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital, King’s College  London.  He graduated from Loughborough University in 1985 then spent a formative year working in high resolution NMR spectroscopy for Beecham Pharmaceuticals in Harlow before seeking a higher degree.  In 1988, he became the University of Cambridge’s first PhD in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  He went on to set up a University of London Intercollegiate Imaging facility at Queen Mary College which focused on the development and application of magnetic resonance techniques in a wide range of pre-clinical models of disease.  In 1994, he moved to the Institute of Psychiatry to champion the application of neuroimaging in CNS disorders.  Steve has co-authored over 400 papers and chapters in leading neuroscience journals.  His recent work has focused on the translation of imaging techniques from bench to bedside with an ever-increasing emphasis on the development of new tools for diagnosis and prediction of response to treatment. 

 

Year

Achievement/appointment/funding

1988

First PhD in Magnetic Resonance Imaging from the University of Cambridge

1989

Created and Directed University of London Intercollegiate Research Facility for biomedical MR

1994

Pfizer Young British Scientist of the Year

1994

Senior Lecturer and Head of Neuroimaging Research at Institute of Psychiatry

1999

Professor of Imaging Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

2002

Principal Investigator of the Wellcome Trust (JIF) funded Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences 

2008

Recipient of the First King’s Business Development Award

2009

Head of a new Department of Neuroimaging, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

2010

GE Healthcare Thought Leader of the Year for pioneering work in Psychiatric Neuroimaging

2010

Cutting edge study on quiet MR Imaging of infant brain maturation and myelination

 

Key Achievements

 

Development of an automated image collection and analysis approach which classifies autism with greater than 90% accuracy. Elements of the research were funded by both the Wellcome Trust

Medical Engineering Centre and a multicentre MRC grant and recently won the NHS Innovation of the Year Award 2010 (1).

First neuroimaging study to unveil the interaction between homeostatic and higher brain centres in the regulation of food intake (2).

Creation of a robust, quantitative MRI technique for multicentre structural imaging studies impervious to differences between scanner manufacturers (3).

Led the neuroimaging element of one of the first generation of fMRI studies to look at depression and, more generally drug effects on brain function in any clinical disorder(4).

First to propose the use of diffusion based MR imaging to detect corticospinal tract damage in motor neurone disease (5).

Championed the translation of pharmacological MR imaging from mouse to man for a range of neurotransmitters including dopamine and glutamate (6,7).

Co-authored some of the most widely cited papers which address image acquisition and analytical challenges in functional MRI (8).

Research interests (short)

Translation of brain imaging techniques from the bench to the clinic.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, NMR Imaging, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1988

Bachelor of Science, Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Loughborough University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1985

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