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Meet the team

3Head of BIRCH - Dr Margaret Saunders, consultant clinical scientist

As the group head for BIRCH, my role combines strategic development, administration, and management with on-going research and development.  Each day is different and brings with it a host of opportunities and challenges - it's never dull around here! 

Areas of interest include: nanotoxicology, nanomedicine, project management, placental transport and function, in vitro assays, 3D model development, environmental health effects in the areas of fetal exposure, cellular immunology, cellular transport, function and toxicity, cytotoxicity assays, telemedicine, 3D printing.

Contact details - M.Saunders@bristol.ac.ukMargaret.Saunders@UHBristol.nhs.uk 

Permanent staff

Mr Ron Hartley-Davies - clinical scientist, MR safety expert

Areas of interest include: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) including Sequence Development, Scientific Computing and Medical Image Analysis. Responsible for routine acceptance testing/quality assurance of MR equipment at CRICBristol, UH Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trusts. Support for clinical research projects at CRICBristol and the Bristol Heart Institute. 

Contact Details - R.Hartley-Davies@bristol.ac.uk 

Dr Sian Curtis - clinical scientist

Areas of interest include: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound (US/US equipment, scientific and data analysis support for clinicians, research and development (evaluating novel technologies, translating research into clinical practice) and teaching/training (Modernising Scientific Careers students/Medical Physics run training courses)

Mr Jonathon Delve - clinical scientist

Areas of interest include: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound (US/US equipment, scientific and data analysis support for clinicians, research and development (evaluating novel technologies, translating research into clinical practice) and teaching/training (Modernising Scientific Careers students/Medical Physics run training courses)

Dr Holly Elbert - clinical scientist

Areas of interest include: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound (US/US equipment, scientific and data analysis support for clinicians, research and development (evaluating novel technologies, translating research into clinical practice) and teaching/training (Modernising Scientific Careers students/Medical Physics run training courses)