2021 Honorary Membership Award

This award is given to recognize extraordinary achievement and an exceptional level of service and support for the Society and mission of the SMRT.

The recipient of this year’s award is:

Wendy Strugnell, B.Appl.Sc.(MIT)FSMRT

Wendy Strugnell received her Bachelor of Science in medical imaging technology from Queensland University of Technology and worked at the Princess Alexandra (PA) Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, and the Hammersmith, Guy’s, and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in London, England. Wendy was the MR Section Senior Radiographer at PA Hospital from 1995 until moving to the Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) Brisbane in 2001, where she co-established the Richard Slaughter Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular MRI, Australia’s largest cardiac MRI facility.

In 2020, Wendy was appointed the Cardiac MRI Clinical Services and Research Manager for Queensland X-Ray, managing a multi-centre, state-wide cardiac MRI service.

Wendy has an extensive research record, which has largely focused on the development of new cardiac MRI technologies for clinical applications. She was a member and Deputy Chair of the TPCH Research Council from 2009 to 2020, Head of Research of the TPCH Medical Imaging Research Program, and is the past Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee for the Australian Research Council Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology (CIBIT) based at the University of Queensland. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Research Fellow of the Menzies Health Institute QLD and Griffith University and is an Adjunct Research Fellow with the University of Queensland, TPCH Northside Clinical Unit. She is also a Research Alumni of the Common Good (The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation).

Wendy has been actively involved in the SMRT for over 20 years serving as a Board member, president, secretary, and executive liaison for membership. She is also a past president of the SMRT ANZ Chapter and established the Annual SMRT ANZ Meetings. In 2012, she was made a fellow of the SMRT. And from 2019-2020, she was the SMRT representative for the ISMRM Cardiac MR Study Group.

Wendy has received the Prince Charles Hospital Award for Excellence in Clinical Research and the Crues-Kressel Award for outstanding contributions to the education of MR radiographers.