Prof Louise Rainford

Head of Diagnostic Imaging

Prof Louise Rainford's background is in the area of medical imaging. She holds graduate qualifications in Radionuclide Imaging, management and teaching

Her career in University College Dublin commenced as a lecturer in 1997, and from 2006 she was appointed as the Head of Teaching for the Radiography Programmes and lead the development of Radiography education at undergraduate and graduate level. In early 2009 she was appointed as the Head of the Radiography Division and Head of the School's Biological Imaging research strand.

In this role she is the lead for more than 30 scientists including anatomists, computer scientists, biological scientists, rheumatologists, obstetricians, radiographers and neurologists working in collaboration with radiologists, physicists, visual scientists postdoctoral and PhD researchers. In line with the Irish Government and EU priorities, the aim of the Research Strand is to undertake research that focuses upon findings which translate into improved diagnosis and management of a broad spectrum of disease.

Prof Rainford was promoted to Senior Lecturer (now Associate Professor) in September 2010 and to Professor in July 2017 in recognition of her academic and leadership achievements.

Her supervision of research projects to date have incorporated a broad range of imaging modalities including X-ray, computerised tomography, fluoroscopic guided interventional procedures, and mammography, and her findings published in several international peer reviewed journals. In addition to on-going individual research projects Prof Rainford is responsible for the structuring of the Dedicated Diagnostic Imaging Research Facilities within the newly formed Dublin Academic Medical Centre (DAMC) which has University College Dublin as the central academic centre.