Dr Christina Malamateniou

Dr Christina Malamateniou is a Research Lead in the Department of Family Care & Mental Health at the University of Greenwich.

Christina is a Health and Care Professions Council registered radiographer with expertise in perinatal (foetal, neonatal and placental) MR imaging. She has taught various medical imaging courses and research methods at different universities in the UK, Ireland and Greece, in undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level. She enjoys making teaching fun and working with colleagues using innovative teaching resources to enhance the student experience.

Since 2003, Christina has worked in various clinical and educational research initiatives such as core staff in the methods team at the ERC-funded developing human connectome project, key competencies contributor at the EPSRC/Wellcome-Trust funded i-FIND project and in the NIH-funded human placenta project.

Christina is also leading the FoRRM initiative with the endorsement of the Society and College of Radiographers, a Formal Radiography Research Mentorship scheme to help enhance research capacity in the profession.

She joined the University of Greenwich in 2016 as research lead, working with head of department and collaborating with staff to increase research activity, quality of publications and research profile. She is also to assist with increase research bidding activity and secure funding and help in the publishing of high quality research considered for inclusion in the next Research Excellence Framework submission. 

Some of her research projects include: evaluating the impact of the arts in healthcare in different patient groups and health conditions; designing a scheme for early intervention and early referral of mothers with various postnatal mental health issues; and setting up research projects in the field of optimisation, and clinical applications of perinatal imaging with affiliated clinical partners. 

Christina will also be teaching Research Methods at the Inter-professional MSc of Advanced Practice and supervising student dissertations.

Christina has co-authored the British Association of Perinatal Medicine MR Imaging guidelines (2015) with a multidisciplinary team of experts in the field, and is a point of reference for perinatal imaging procedures in the UK and abroad. She is currently Lead for Medical Imaging in the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS), a federation representing more than 100,000 radiographers in Europe.

Posts held previously:

  • 2012-16, Lecturer in Perinatal MRI, Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Department, King's College London
  • 2012, Visiting lecturer, MSc in Advanced MRI, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 2012, Visiting lecturer, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Lectures on MRI and CT in English (Erasmus Radiography Programme)
  • 2009-12, BRC Research fellow in Perinatal (fetal and neonatal) brain MRI, Robert Steiner MRI Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London
  • 2006-08, Lecturer in Medical Imaging, Division of Medical Imaging, School of Health Sciences, University of Liverpool
  • 2001-03, Radiographer in the MRI department, Attikon University Hospital of Athens
  • Research Lead, Department of Family Care & Mental Health
  • Lecturer on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Supervises doctoral research projects
  • Reviewer of the university Journal of Learning and Teaching: Compass
  • Member of the Health and Society Research Group in the Faculty
  • Wellcome Trust and EPSRC i-FIND project: to optimize fetal ultrasound screening based on high quality MRI data atlases, 2014-2021
  • BRC-AHSC: development and optimization of fetal and neonatal brain MRI protocols, 2010-12
  • University of Liverpool, pump priming award: establishing a research liaison between the academic department of medical imaging and the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, 2007
  • Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY): completion doctoral research (research fellowship), 2003-07
  • The Leonard Levy Memorial Price and British Institute of Radiology Clinical MRI Award: best presentation and paper at the UK Radiological conference, 2006


  • Master's in Clinical Education at King's College London: curriculum evaluation team, 2015-present
  • MRI research expert of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) advisory group, 2012-present
  • Contributor to the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) research strategy and leading the initiative of the research mentoring scheme, 2014-present
  • External reviewer and clinical education consultant of electronic book in "Radiography Positioning", author Dimitris Koumarianos, National Technical University of Athens, EU Funded Programme: Kallipos, 2014-15
  • Research Consultant in Perinatal MRI, Philips Healthcare Hellas, 2010-12


  • Delivering two invited lectures in perinatal MRI at the MSc of Neuroimaging, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Visiting Lecturer in perinatal MRI, King's College London, 2016-19
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Robert Steiner MRI Unit, ISD, Imperial College London, 2012-13
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of Liverpool, 2009-11


  • Member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) fetal and neonatal MRI guidelines drafting working group, 2014-present
  • Chair of the 2016 Radiographers' Scientific Committee of the European Congress of Radiology
  • European Congress of Radiology: Chair of Radiographers' Scientific programme, 2014-16
  • Member of the scientific committee, 2012-14
  • Member European Society of Radiology, 2007-present
  • Society and College of Radiographers: external contributor to the research group, leading a national Formal Research Mentoring initiative
  • European Federation of Radiographer Societies:  Lead for Medical Imaging group of experts, MRI research expert of the EFRS advisory group
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2015-present
  • British Association of Perinatal Medicine: Member of the perinatal MRI guidelines working group
  • President of the Scientific Committee of the 2010 Annual Radiographers' conference in Thessaloniki
  • Member of Medway and Oxleas NHS trusts


  •  University of Liverpool and University College Dublin PhD thesis examiner
  • Reviewer of Radiography, 2016
  • Reviewer of British Medical Journal, 2013
  • Reviewer of Journal of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, 2012
  • Editor-in-Chief of Aktinotechnologia (Journal of the Greek society of Radiographers), 2011
  • Editorial Board of Open Journal of Radiology, 2011

Christina's research interests include: Perinatal MRI; research mentoring; the impact of the Arts in different health conditions; maternal mental health; and innovative teaching and learning.

Funded research projects

  • National Institutes of Health, USA: Structure and function of the placenta from implantation to delivery: a next generation MRI approach, 2016-19

Vasylechko, S., Malamateniou, C., Nunes, R.G., Fox, M., Allsop, J., Rutherford, M., Rueckert, D. and Hajnal, J.V. (2014). T2* relaxometry of fetal brain at 1.5 Tesla using a motion tolerant method. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 73(5), pp. 1795-1802. 

Kainz, B., Steinberger, M., Wein, W., Kuklisova-Murgasova, M., Malamateniou, C., Keraudren, K., Torsney-Weir, T., Rutherford, M., Aljabar, P., Hajnal, J.V. and Rueckert, D. (2015). Fast Volume Reconstruction from Motion Corrupted Stacks of 2D Slices. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 34(9), pp. 1901-13. 

Keraudren, K., Kuklisova-Murgasova, M., Kyriakopoulou, V., Malamateniou, C., Rutherford, M.A., Kainz, B., Hajnal, J.V. and Rueckert, D. (2014). Automated fetal brain segmentation from 2D MRI slices for motion correction. Neuroimage, 101, pp. 633-643. 

Ferrazzi, G., Kuklisova-Murgasova, M., Arichi, T., Malamateniou, C., Fox, M.J., Makropoulos, A., Allsop, J., Rutherford, M., Malik, S., Aljabar, P. and Hajnal, J.V.(2014). Resting State fMRI in the moving foetus: a robust framework for motion, bias field and spin history correction. Neuroimage, 101, pp. 555-568. 

Vasu, V., Durighel, G., Thomas, L., Malamateniou, C., Bell, J.D., Rutherford, M.A. and Modi, N. (2014). Preterm nutritional intake and MRI phenotype at term age: a prospective observational study. BMJ Open, 4(5) 

Kainz, B., Malamateniou, C., Murgasova, M., Keraudren, K., Rutherford, M., Hajnal, J.V. and Rueckert, D. (2014). Motion Corrected 3D Reconstruction of the Fetal Thorax from Prenatal MRI. Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2014). Springer International Publishing Switzerland, Part II, LNCS 8674, pp.284-291.  

Koch, L.M., Wright, R., Vatansever, D., Kyriakopoulou, V., Malamateniou, C., Patkee, P.A., Rutherford, M.A., Hajnal, J.V., Aljabar, P. and Rueckert, D. (2014). Graph-Based Label Propagation in Fetal Brain MR Images. Machine Learning and Medical Imaging (MLMI). Springer International Publishing Switzerland, LNCS 8679, pp. 9-16. 

Bowles, C., Hayat, T.T.A., Nowlan, N., Malamateniou, C., Rutherford, M., Hajnal, J.V., Rueckert, D. and Kainz, B. (2014). Learning for the Automatic Localisation of Foetal Body Parts in Cine-MRI scans. SPIE Medical Imaging, 9413, pp. 413-22. 

Malamateniou, C., McGuinness, A.K., Ederies, A., Malik, S.J., Tayyib, H., Broadhouse, K., Counsell, S.J., Allsop, J.P., Hajnal, J.V. and Rutherford, M.A. (2013). Motion compensation techniques in Neonatal and Fetal MR imaging. AJNR, 34(6), pp. 1124-1136. 

Leijser, L.M., Rutherford, M.A., Srinivasan, L., Allsop, J.M., Fitzpatrick, J., Counsell, S.J., Cowan, F.M. and Malamateniou, C. (2012). Neonatal cerebro-vascular studies using Doppler velocity measurements and MRA. Journal of Pediatric Neuro-Radiology, 2, pp. 95-104. 

Malamateniou, C., Papaioannou, G., Loggitsi, D., Zampelis, Y. and Kampas, I. (2011). High field open MRI: correlation with fetal ultrasound in the evaluation of central nervous system abnormalities. Pediatric Research, 70, p. 673.  

Malamateniou, C., McGuinness, A., O'Regan, D., Allsop, J.M., Rutherford, M.A. and Hajnal, J.V. (2011). SNAPshot Inversion Recovery (SNAPIR): An optimised single shot T1-weighted Inversion Recovery sequence for improved fetal brain anatomy delineation. Radiology, 258(1), pp. 229-235.

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Alansary, A., Kamnitsas, K., Rajchl, M., Davidson, A., Malamateniou, C., Hajnal, J., Glocker, B., Rueckert, D. and Kainz, B. (2016). Fast Fully Automatic Segmentation of the Human Placenta from Motion Corrupted MRI. MICCAI 2016. Athens. Springer Verlag, LNCS 9487, pp. 13-22. 

Malamateniou, C., Mellor, F., Appleyard, R. and Knapp, K.M. (2016). FoRRM: A Formal Radiography Research Mentoring scheme to increase research capacity. UKRC 2016. Liverpool: UK.  

Pegoretti-Baruteau, K., Arulkumaran, S. Allsop, J.M., Fox, M.J., Price, A., Hajnal, J.V., Rutherford, M.A. and Malamateniou, C. (2016). Fetal MRI: 1.5T or 3T? ECR 2016, Vienna. 

Routledge, E., Malamateniou, C., Lohezic, M., Allsop, J,M., Fox, M.J., Kainz, B., Price, A., Hajnal, J.V. and Rutherford, M.A. (2016). Optimisation of MR imaging for the evaluation of human placental anatomy. ECR 2016, Vienna. 

FoRRM: a Formal Radiography Research Mentorship scheme as an instrument for changeMalamateniou, C. (2016). FoRRM: a Formal Radiography Research Mentorship scheme as an instrument for change. ECR 2016, Vienna. 

Tagalakis, P., Zampelis, I., Malamateniou, C., Trimis, P. and Papaioannou, G. (2016). Fetal body MRI: is it feasible and diagnostic in a 1.0-Tesla open magnet? Practicalities and image quality evaluation. ECR 2016, Vienna. 

Lohezic, M., van Amerom, J., Pegoretti, K., Mc Cabe, L., Malamateniou, C., Carney, O., Fox, M.F., Allsop, J.M., Rutherford, M.A. and Hajnal, J.V. (2016). A reasoned approach to explore single shot FSE acquisition for fetal MRI. ISMRM 2016, Singapore. 

Nunes, R.G., Ferrazzi, G., Price, A., Fox, M., Malamateniou, C., Rutherford, M.A. and Hajnal, J.V. (2016). Combined echo volumar imaging (EVI) and localized excitation for motion insensitive fetal fmri. ISMRM 2016, Singapore. 

Lloyd, D., Kainz, B., van Amerom, J., Lohezic, M., Pushparajah, K., Simpson, J., Malamateniou, C., Hajnal, J.V., Rutherford, M. and Razavi, R. (2015). Prenatal MRI visualisation of the aortic arch and fetal vasculature using motion-corrected slice-to-volume reconstruction. 19th Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions, Los Angeles: USA. 

Lloyd, D., van Amerom, J., Pushparajah, K., Simpson, J., Zidere, V., Miller, O., Sharland, G., Allsop, J., Fox, M., Malamateniou, C., Hajnal, J.V., Rutherford, M.A. and Razavi, R. (2016). Early experience of multi-sequence fetal cardiac magnetic resonance imaging within a clinical fetal cardiology service. 19th Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions, Los Angeles: USA. 

Van Amerom, J.F.P., Price, A.N., Aljabar, P., Malik, S.J., Malamateniou, C., Pushparajah, K., J., Allsop, J.M., Fox, M.J., Rutherford, M., Razavi, R. and Hajnal, J.V. (2015). Fetal cardiac cine imaging using realtime MRI and image-based spatiotemporal motion-correction. ESMRMB 2015, Edinburgh: UK. 

Routledge, E., Davidson, A., Allsop, J.M., Fox, M.J., Hajnal, J.V., Malamateniou, C. and Rutherford, M.A. (2015). Optimisation of MR imaging for the evaluation of placenta: preliminary results. BMFMS Conference, London. 

Pegoretti-Gamero, K., Arulkumaran, S., Allsop, J.M., Fox, M.J., Hajnal, J.V., Rutherford, M.A. and Malamateniou, C. (2015). Fetal MRI at 3T, advantages, challenges and opportunities. BMFMS Conference, London. 

Van Amerom, J.F.P., Malamateniou, C., Pushparajah, K., Fox, M.J., Allsop, J.M., Rutherford, M.A., Hajnal, J.V. and Razavi, R. (2015). In utero assessment of congenital heart disease by MRI: preliminary experience. BMFMS Conference, London. 

Kainz, B., Malamateniou, C., Ferrazzi, G., Murgasova, M., Keraudren, K., Rutherford, M., Hajnal, J.V. and Rueckert, D. (2015). Adaptive Scan Strategies for Fetal MRI Imaging using Slice to Volume Techniques. In: 12th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI). New York, NY: IEEE, pp. 849-852. 

Kainz, B., Alansary, A., Malamateniou, C., Keraudren, K., Rutherford, M., Hajnal, J.V. and Rueckert, D. (2015). Flexible reconstruction and correction of unpredictable motion from stacks of 2D images. In: Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention 2015, Munich: Germany. MICCAI , Part II, LNCS 9350, pp. 555–562.

Fox, M.F., Malamateniou, C., Allsop, J.M., Rutherford, M.A. and Hajnal, J.V. (2014). Fetal MR Imaging. UKRC 2014, Liverpool: UK. 

Kuklisova-Murgasova, M., Lockwood-Estrin, G., Malamateniou, C., Nunes, R.G., Rutherford, M.A., Rueckert, D. and Hajnal, J.V. (2014). Distortion correction of fetal EPI using registration with Laplacian constraint. OHBM 2014, Hamburg: Germany. 

Ferrazzi, G., kuklisova, M., Arichi, T., Malamateniou, C., Fox, M., Makropoulos, A., Allsop, J.M., Rutherford, J.A., Aljabar, P. and Hajnal, J.V. (2014). RS-fMRI in the moving fetus: a robust framework for motion, bias field and spin history correction. OHBM 2014, Hamburg: Germany.

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