Professor Sir Muir Gray delivers the BIR/Canon Mayneord Memorial Lecture at UKRC 2015


Professor Sir Muir Gray, the recipient of the BIR/Canon Mayneord Award, delivered the opening plenary lecture of UKRC, in Liverpool, on Monday 29 June to a packed audience of around 400 radiologists, radiographers and physicists.  The lecture was entitled “From Quality to Value—population and personalised imaging”, and was an appropriate introduction to the four streams of the conference: Clinical, Advances in Technology, Service Delivery and Informatics.


Professor Gray is a Consultant in Public Health at Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Director of Better Value Healthcare Ltd.  His lecture centred on how to  transform care with the aim of increasing value for both populations and individuals.


The BIR Canon Mayneord Memorial Lecture is an annual award made to an individual or a group of collaborators in recognition of recent or current contributions in the wide and expanding field of radiology. The lecture was founded in 1984 in memory of Professor Val Mayneord CBE FRS, past president of the BIR. The lecture is given at the annual UKRC.

Canon sponsors this BIR award which recognises values, skills and contributions at the forefront of medical imaging, as it is in line with Canon’s commitment to education.

Dr David Wilson, President of the BIR, said “This was an inspiring and motivating talk which challenged every member of the audience to analyse the “value” in the service they provide.”

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems, said, “Professor Sir Muir Gray gave an inspiring and thought provoking lecture which was perfectly in tune with the current climate. We should all take something away from this to apply in our daily working practice.”

You can view the lecture on the UKRC website here

Read an interview with Professor Gray on the BIR website:

Previous recipients include Professor John Buscombe (2014), Professor Richard Ehman (2012), Professor Sir Mike Richards (2011) and Lord Darzi (2010).



Photograph: (left to right) Mark Hitchman (Managing Director, Canon Medical Systems), Dr David Wilson (President BIR), Professor Sir Muir Gray, Jacqueline Fowler (Chief Executive, BIR), XXXXXX (President Canon)


Notes to Editors


About Professor Mayneord

Professor William Valentine Mayneord entered the field of medical physics in 1924 at St Bart’s Hospital in London then to the Cancer Hospital, now the Royal Marsden Hospital. During WWII he was seconded by the government to work in Canada on the radiological aspects of atomic energy development.


He is recognised as the leading authority in the UK on the applications of radiation dosimetry to medical radiology and the problems of radiation hazards. He was awarded a CBE in 1965.


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