2024 Gold Medal, Honorary Member, Outstanding Contributions in Neuroradiology Education, and Outstanding Contributions in Research Award Recipients

The 2024 ASNR Awards Committee, chaired by Erin Simon Schwartz, MD, FACR, has selected the following as recipients of the ASNR 2024 Annual Awards.

ASNR Awards Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR, with the 2024 Gold Medal

Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR, is the Zimmer-Hardy Professor of Neuroradiology at Montefiore, and Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her areas of focus include adult and pediatric neuroradiology, medical education, quality and safety, and healthcare policy.

Dr. Bello received her Doctor of Medicine in 1980 from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1981, she completed an internship at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, followed by a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1984. In 1986, Dr. Bello completed a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Columbia’s Neurological Institute. She is a Columbia University Alumni Gold Medalist and has been awarded fellowship by the American College of Radiology and the NY Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Bello’s research focused on febrile status epilepticus and temporal lobe epilepsy. Her contributions have been published in many journals, abstracts, exhibits, and textbooks and her enthusiasm for teaching shared in invited lectures and presentations nationally and internationally.

Dr. Bello is board certified by the American Board of Radiology, with a CAQ in Neuroradiology.  In 2016, Dr. Bello received the New York Roentgen Society Distinguished Radiologist Award. She is a past president of the NY Roentgen Society, NY State Radiological Society, and the American Society of Neuroradiology (2017 – 2018).  In addition, she is a past president of the AMA Foundation, former chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education and represents the ASNR in the AMA House of Delegates.  Dr. Bello chaired the Commission on Q&S on the ACR Board of Chancellors and served as Chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors from 2022-2024. 

ASNR Awards Sandy Cheng-Yu Chen, MD, with the 2024 Honorary Member Award

Prof. Sandy Cheng-Yu Chen, MD, a distinguished professor, and former vice president of Taipei Medical University, is a radiologist and clinical researcher with a robust background in radiology and artificial intelligence (AI). He is an expert in MR radiogenomics, functional ischemic stroke imaging, and mild traumatic brain injury, leveraging machine learning to translate his research toward industrial application. He has published 180 SCI articles, including 14 in the prestigious journal Radiology and recent impactful study in Nature Communications and Progress in Neurobiology.

In 1985, Dr. Chen earned his medical degree from the School of Medicine at the National Defense Medical Center. Following radiology training at Tri-Service General Hospital, he received advanced MRI training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia under the tutelage of Professor Robert A. Zimmerman in 1992-1993. His academic prowess was recognized with a promotion to professor in 2000, and he was subsequently invited to join Taipei Medical University in 2013.

Professor Chen has also served on the editorial board during the 1990s and section editor of Classic Case for the American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR) for the last 13 years. His dedication to scholarship is further demonstrated by his six-year service on the Scientific Committee of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) since 1996, where he has played a role in shaping the direction of neuroradiological research and practice.

As a leader of the neuroradiology community, Professor Chen has twice held the presidency of the Neuroradiology Society of Taiwan, demonstrating his commitment to advancing the field in his home country. His global impact is further evidenced by his roles as the past president of the 2018 Asia Oceania Congress of Neuroradiology (AOCNR) and his tenure as vice president of the 2018 Society of Neuroradiology (SNR).

Dr. Chen has actively engaged in medical education, notably as executive dean of the National Defense Medical Center from 2011 to 2013. His major research achievements lie in translating diagnostic imaging into predictive biomarkers and identifying novel therapeutic strategies via AI. This has led to significant impacts in various health issues, including glioblastoma prognostication and ischemic stroke management.

His prolific research has led to numerous patents, technology transfers, and the founding of a startup AI company, DeepRad.AI (https://www.deepradai.com/en/), highlighting his dedication to commercial translation. Dr. Chen’s work has earned multiple national awards, including three-time Future Technology Awards and National Innovation Awards for his AI contributions to lung cancer and dementia prediction. He was also awarded Magna Cum Laude for an educational poster at the 2018 annual meeting of Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Dr. Chen established the Translational Imaging Research Center (TIRC), focusing on translational research in a variety of neurological conditions and spearheading the application of AI in medical imaging. His work in imaging biomarkers led to the molecular subtyping of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), which paralleled classification by histology and genomic data. His contributions to neuroradiology include the development of machine learning algorithms for immunophenotyping of gliomas and MR molecular imaging using theranostic nanoparticles, which have shown promise in animal cancer models and have been recognized in high-impact journals.

The innovative work of Dr. Chen’s lab in using diffusion tensor imaging biomarkers to estimate stroke onset time has been patented in the United States and has produced significant scholarly articles. His research on traumatic brain injury has illuminated the effects of concussion on brain gliosis and neurobehavioral changes, leading to published findings that have gained international attention.

ASNR Awards Christine M. Glastonbury, MBBS, with the 2024 Outstanding Contributions in Neuroradiology Education Award

Christine M. Glastonbury, MBBS, is a Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, and Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Glastonbury is a Neuroradiologist with a particular academic and clinical interest in Head & Neck (HN) Imaging.

She was a member of the HN Expert Panel for the development of the AJCC Cancer Staging System, 8th Edition, published in 2018, and is a member for the 9th edition, currently in progress. Christine is also a member of the NCCN Head and Neck Cancers Panel. She has authored and edited multiple textbooks, more than 130 articles and received multiple awards for scientific and education exhibits at annual meetings. She is perhaps most well-known for her lectures, simplifying complex HN anatomy and disease processes, to encourage all radiologists to understand and embrace HN imaging.

Originally from Adelaide, Australia, where she completed her medical degree and radiology training, Christine spent a year in London at the Hammersmith Hospital and at the Royal Marsden, Surrey, at a time when having a PACS system was new and innovative. She traveled to the USA in 1998 for a one-year

Neuroradiology fellowship with the outstanding Neuroradiology team at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. This became a two-year fellowship plus a subsequent Body MR fellowship and set a strong foundation for learning to teach and to lecture about radiology. On moving to San Francisco, for love, in 2021, Christine worked in abdominal imaging at the VA medical center and Neuroradiology at San Francisco General Hospital, before becoming a fulltime Neuroradiologist at Parnassus in 2004.

For the past 20 years Christine has been part of the Neuroradiology team at UCSF that prides itself on a close working relationship with neurologists, surgeons, oncologists, and internists, providing the highest level of patient care. Christine works closely with the Radiation Oncologists and HN surgical and oncology team at the weekly HN tumor board and radiation planning sessions to optimize the care of HN cancer patients at UCSF.  She is honored to train outstanding UCSF neuroradiology fellows. After having previously been Neuroradiology fellowship program director and interim chief of Neuroradiology through COVID, Christine is the Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs, the director of Mentoring in Radiology and the Chair of the UCSF Senate Committee on Committees. She was honored to serve as the Program President for the World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies’ 2022 meeting in New York City, hosted by the ASNR. Christine is currently President-elect for the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology. She would like to invite you to come and learn from a fantastic, welcoming group of speakers at the ASHNR24 meeting in San Diego this September.

ASNR Awards Timothy P.L. Roberts, PhD, FASFNR, with the 2024 Outstanding Contributions in Research Award

Timothy P.L. Roberts, PhD is Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania/ Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Roberts is vice-chair of research in the Department of Radiology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and directs the Lurie Family Foundations’ MEG Imaging Center. He also holds the Oberkircher Family Chair in Pediatric Radiology at CHOP. He has 35 years’ experience in medical imaging and has published in excess of 300 manuscripts primarily in the area of physiological and functional imaging. He has 30 years accumulated expertise in magnetoencephalography (MEG), and has published over 120 MEG articles, primarily on auditory processes in control and patient populations, especially ASD.

Dr Roberts obtained his PhD in MRI physics from Cambridge University, England in 1992 (BA, MA, Cambridge University, 1988). He subsequently undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroradiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and has been on the faculty at UCSF (Radiology, 1994-2002, Asst. & Assoc. Prof) and the University of Toronto (Medical Imaging, 2002-2005, Assoc. and Full Prof) and is presently holder of the Oberkircher Family Chair in Pediatric Radiology and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Radiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as tenured Professor of Radiology and Adjunct Professor of Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania.

He directs the Program in Advanced Imaging Research (PAIR) and the Lurie Family Foundations MEG Imaging Center at CHOP (one of the larger clinical and research MEG facilities in the USA, with 4 MEG devices (including novel infant and wearable devices), 2 research-dedicated 3T MRIs, a high-density EEG/ERP lab and a staff of approximately 30-40 faculty, postdocs, graduate students, research assistants and technologists). His research focuses on developing multimodal, 4D/5D functional imaging using biomagnetic recording (magnetoencephalography, MEG) as well as advanced MRI techniques (such as diffusion tensor imaging and edited magnetic resonance spectroscopy), specifically in the study of auditory processing and language impairment in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His pursuit of imaging/electrophysiological biomarkers has been supported by the National Alliance for Autism Research, Autism Speaks, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Simons Foundation, Clinical Research Associates, the Dept. of Defense and through multiple awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He currently holds 2 active R01 grant awards as PI, as well as serving as PI of the Signature Research Project and the Neuroimaging and Neurocircuitry Core for the NIH P50-funded CHOP Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC). He additionally serves/has served as the primary mentor of 6 junior faculty supported by NIH “K”-awards and has active research endeavors, beyond the field of autism and related genetic syndromes, in Huntington’s disease, Friedreich’s Ataxia, mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and infant sequelae of in utero opioid exposure, as well as methodological development. He has published in excess of 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers, with an h-index of 86 and more than 24000 citations, 30+ book chapters, 3 books and has given a large number of international invited presentations, mostly in the field of physiologic and functional imaging and holds 7 patents relating to imaging and MEG technological development and application. He is an Associate Editor for the Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience journal. He regularly reviews grant proposals for NIH (standing member, DBD 2008-12) and several equivalent international agencies (UK, Germany, Austria, Singapore, Israel, Cyprus, Canada, Holland, United Arab Emirates), and has served on the executive committee of the American Society for Neuroradiology, the American Society for Functional Neuroradiology (President 2009-10) and the International Society for the Advancement of Clinical MEG (President 2009-11). In 2018 he chaired the host committee for the International Meeting on Biomagnetism (Biomag ‘18), the premier meeting in its field. In 2016 he was elected as a “Distinguished Investigator” of the Academy of Radiology Research and in 2019 he was elected as an inaugural Fellow of the American Society for Functional Neuroradiology. In the last two years he has given invited presentations on emerging imaging technologies (focused on optically-pumped magnetometers, OPMs) at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American Society for Functional Neuroradiology (ASFNR). In 2022, he received the Norman E Leeds award for best scientific contribution at the Eastern Neuroradiology Society (ENRS) and in 2023 gave plenary/keynote presentations at the European Society for Pediatric Radiology and the International Society for the Advancement of Clinical MEG.