James V Byrne MD, FRCS, FRCR, is Professor of Neuroradiology at the University of Oxford, UK, and current President of ESMINT. He was a founding member of the Society in 2008 and enjoyed his role as the first General Secretary. James has been practicing Interventional Neuroradiology as an independent consultant to the National Health Service (NHS) since 1988. He trained with Dr Brian Kendall at the National Hospital for Nervous Disease and undertook Visiting Fellowships at UCSF and UCLA. He also worked with Dr Guglielmi and pioneered the introduction of the Guglielmi detachable coil in Europe. Since moving to Oxford in 1991, James has conducted both applied and pure research in endovascular techniques and now heads the Oxford Neuroradiology and Neurovascular Research Group. He was Editor-in-Chief of NEURORADIOLOGY from 2005-2010, and is Director of the only university-based degree course (Master of Science) in Endovascular Neurosurgery and Interventional Neuroradiology. James also loves Opera and hosts an annual Christmas carol sing off at the December Teaching Course and the good news is that everyone, including audience members, wins a prize!