Current positions

Honorary Consultant and Reader 2014 - present
University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
Head of department: Professor Dr. X. Golay

Associate Professor 2012 - present
Erasmus MC – University Medical Centre Rotterdam (NL)
Head of department: Professor Dr. G.P. Krestin

Consultant Neuroradiologist 2009 - present
Erasmus MC – University Medical Centre Rotterdam (NL)
Head of department: Professor Dr. G.P. Krestin

Scientific Programme Committees Chairman 2013 - present
ESMRMB Annual Meeting 2015 Edinburgh (UK)

National Delegate for the Netherlands 2014 - present
European Society of Neuroradiology

General Secretary of the Board 2015 - present
European Organisation for research and therapy in cancer (EORTC) Imaging Group

General Secretary of the Board 2012 - present
Section of Neuroradiology, Radiological Society of the Netherlands

Course Director fMRI&DTI 2012 - present
ESMRMB School of MRI

Previous positions

Treasurer 2013 - 2015
European Organisation for research and therapy in cancer (EORTC) Imaging Group

Committee Member 2011 - 2013
Young Health Association of the Netherlands

Assistant Professor 2011 - 2012
Erasmus MC – University Medical Centre Rotterdam (NL)
Head of department: Professor Dr. G.P. Krestin

Organising Committee & Past-chairman of the Scientific Programming Committee 2010 - 2013
Annual Dutch Radiology Conference

Neuroradiology clinical fellowship April 2007 - March 2009
Erasmus MC – University Medical Centre Rotterdam (NL)
Head of department: Professor Dr. G.P. Krestin

Radiologist in training April 2000 – March 2008
Erasmus MC – University Medical Centre Rotterdam (NL)
Head of department: Professor Dr. G.P. Krestin

Marie Curie research fellowship in functional MRI May 2003 – Jan 2004
Department of Radiology, University Hospitals K.U.Leuven (BE)
Functional MRI of taste; functional MRI of the auditory cortex in tinnitus patients.
Principal investigators: Professor Dr. S. Sunaert, Professor Dr. P. van Hecke

PhD research: imaging in minor head injury 2002 – 2007
Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL)
Principal investigator: Professor Dr. M.G.M. Hunink

Neurologist in training July 1999 – March 2000
St. Lucas/Andreas hospital, Amsterdam (NL)
Head of department: Dr. J. Vanneste

Junior/Senior house officer in general medicine March 1998 – June 1999
The North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke (UK)
Finchley Memorial Hospital, London (UK)
Walsall Manor Hospital NHS Trust, Walsall (UK)

Student researcher 1997
Synostotic and positional plagiocephaly: two types of skull deformity studied with 3D CT.
Departments of Radiology and Neurology, University Hospital Maastricht (NL)
Principal investigator: Professor Dr. J.T. Wilmink

Student researcher 1994
The effect of S12042-2 on reference memory in Wistar rats.
Department of Neurosciences, Maastricht University (NL)
Principal investigator: Dr. W. Raaijmakers

Organiser’s representative for medical refresher courses 1994-1997
Reed Elsevier Publishers, Amsterdam (NL)

Student ambassador 1993-1996
Department of student affairs and public relations, Maastricht University (NL)

University education

Doctor of Philosophy cum laude in “Imaging in Minor Head Injury”, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL), 25 June 2008

Doctor of Medicine with distinction, Maastricht University (NL) 2 Feb 1998

History and philosophy of science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Maastricht University (NL) 1994-1995

Invited lectures

fMRI and DTI of brain tumours European Course of Neuroradiology, Rhodes/GR, 8 April 2015.

Brain tumours: type, grade and genetics European Course of Neuroradiology, Rhodes/GR, 8 April 2015.

Standardisation of imaging in neuro-oncology EORTC-EANO-ESMO, Istanbul/TR, 27 March 2015.

Optimised imaging for trials in brain tumours European Congress of Radiology, Vienna/AT, 7 March 2015.

Imaging correlates of brain tumour genotypes European Congress of Radiology, Vienna/AT, 5 March 2015.

CNS emergencies: Interactive case discussion European Congress of Radiology, Vienna/AT, 5 March 2015, 7 March 2014; annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago/US, 3 December 2014, 4 December 2013.

Non-traumatic CNS emergencies European Congress of Radiology, Vienna/AT, 5 March 2015, 7 March 2014; 99th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago/US, 3 December 2014, 4 December 2013.

Advanced MR neuroimaging techniques European Congress of Radiology, Vienna/AT, 4 March 2015, 6 March 2014.

fMRI: BOLD and beyond XXth Symposium Neuroradiologicum, Istanbul/TR, 11 September 2014.

Multimodal imaging XXth Symposium Neuroradiologicum, Istanbul/TR, 11 September 2014.

fMRI and DTI of the auditory and language systems ESMRMB School of MRI – fMRI&DTI in clinical practice, London/UK, 27 June 2014; Rotterdam/NL, 31 May 2013; Uppsala/SE, 25 May 2012; Leuven/BE, 25 March 2011; Milan/IT, 25 May 2010; Thessaloniki/GR, 16 October 2009.

Neuroanatomy of behaviour and higher functions European Course of Neuroradiology, Athens/GR, 6 April 2014.

Coma, vegetative persistent state, brain death European Course of Neuroradiology, Athens/GR, 6 April 2014.

The use of Arterial Spin Labeling in non-vascular brain disease European Congress of Radiology, Vienna/AT, 6 March 2014.

Advanced MR imaging of brain tumours Patient information day, Maarssen/NL, 25 January 2014.

fMRI as a clinical and research tool Annual Congress of the NL Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Noordwijk/NL, 31 October 2013.

Diffusion tensor imaging in clinical practice ESMRMB School of MRI – Advanced Neuro Imaging, Split/HR, 19 October 2013; Antwerp/BE, 25 October 2012.

Review of existing studies on ASL in dementia COST ASL Training School for physicists, Toulouse/FR, 1 October 2013.

Assessing brain scans from the memory clinic Sandwich Course on Neuroradiology, Ede/NL, 19-20 June 2013.

Arterial spin labelling MRI in clinical practice: current and future applications 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology, San Diego/US, 22 May 2013.

fMRI Tips&Tricks European Course of Neuroradiology, Athens/GR, 9-10 April 2013.

Advanced MR neuroimaging in multicentre trials European Congress of Radiology, Vienna/AT, 8 March 2013.

Functional MRI of the brain Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance Executive Programme, Rotterdam/NL, 17 January 2013, 19 January 2012.

Functional neuroanatomy ESMRMB Hands-on Course: fMRI&DTI in Clinical Practice, Paris/FR, 14 December 2012.

Diffusion tensor imaging: presurgical evaluation of white matter tracts ESMRMB annual meeting teaching session, Lisbon/PT, 6 October 2012.

fMRI for the MRI-tech ESMRMB annual meeting teaching session, Lisbon/PT, 6 October 2012.

Neuroradiology of brain tumours EURO-CNS course on neuropathology, Zagreb/HR, 19 September 2012.

What is the proven role of perfusion weighted imaging? EANO 10th annual meeting, Marseille/FR, 7-8 September 2012.

DTI of vascular disorders European Course of Neuraradiology, Tarragona/ES, 28-29 October 2011.

fMRI of vascular disorders European Course of Neuraradiology, Tarragona/ES, 29-30 October 2011.

Perfusion weighted imaging: DSC, DCE or ASL? ESMRMB annual meeting, Leipzig/DE, 8 October 2011.

Round table discussion “MR Tractography: why DTI is not enough?” ESMRMB annual meeting, Leipzig/DE, 8 October 2011.

Advanced brain tumour imaging Sandwich Course Neuroradiology, Ede/NL, 21-24 June 2011.

Perfusion imaging of brain tumours Dutch Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, Utrecht/NL, 10 June 2011.

Anatomy of auditory and language function ESMRMB School of MRI: Clinical fMRI & DTI, Leuven/BE, 23 March 2011.

Clinical symptoms correlated with brain anatomy ECR, Vienna/AT, 3 March 2011.

fMRI and DTI of the auditory and language systems ESMRMB School of MRI: Clinical fMRI & DTI, Milan/IT, 25 May 2010.

Morbus Behçet, Antiphospholipid syndrome and Susac syndrome: imaging 7th International Conference Course Dutch Society of Neuroradiology, Groningen/NL, 15 April 2010.

Clinical applications of fMRI & DTI ESMRMB Hands-on fMRI&DTI, Rotterdam/NL, 6 November 2009.

Evidence based Medicine in Neurotrauma Imaging International Symposium on State-of-the-Art Imaging, Taormina/IT, 18 July 2009.

Imaging and Neurovascular Intervention of Stroke International Symposium on State-of-the-Art Imaging, Taormina/IT, 18 July 2009.

Neuro-applications at 3T: what can you expect? European Congress of Radiology - GE Healthcare satellite symposium, Vienna/AT, 10 March 2007.

Fusion of fMRI and diffusion tensor: practical applications. European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology – GE Healthcare lunch symposium, Warsaw/PL, 23 Sep 2006.

Validation of decision rules and guidelines for the use of CT in minor head injury. Netherlands Institute for Health and Economical Sciences Summer Programme, Rotterdam/NL, 16 Aug 2006.

Basics of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging as part of the exhibition “pain and pleasure”. Museum of natural history, Rotterdam/NL, 6 Oct 2005 – 2 April 2006.

Membership of professional societies

Publications

Marion Smits’ publications

Journal peer review

Last updated 19 April 2015