Helen McLeod

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Research Assistant/Clinical Research Nurse


A graduate of both University of Abertay and University of Dundee, Helen joined Professor Houston’s team with a strong background in clinical and medical research. A practicing research nurse, Helen continues to work clinically supporting projects within the Image Guided Therapy Research Facility. Her primary research interest is the development of Thiel embalmed human cadavers for cardiovascular applications, such as training of doctors and testing of medical devices. She is responsible for all cadaveric research conducted within the Image Guided Therapy Research Facility, which is collaborative, multi-disciplinary research conducted with University, NHS Tayside and industry partners. This research forms the basis for a part time PhD.


Dr Hadwen Trust – Strategic funding (July 2016)

Thiel Embalmed Human Cadaveric Alternatives to Animal Models for Cardiovascular Device Testing and Training.

Lectures and conferences

LINC 2017

CIRSE 2016


J.G.Houston, H McLeod, J Robertson, J Anwar, R Bhat, A Melzer, T Wilkinson. Human Thiel-embalmed cadaveric aortic model with perfusion for aortic stent graft training and device development. Oral presentation. CIRSE Barcelona, 2016.

J.Anwar, H McLeod, J Robertson, R Duncan, T Wilkinson, M. Gueorguieva, R Bhat, A Barclay, A Melzer, J.g.Houston. Interventional radiology (IR) procedural training using Thiel cadaveric simulation models: trainee survey. CIRSE Barcelona, 2016

H McLeod, B Cox, J Robertson, R Duncan, R, Eisma, M.Gueorguieva, R Bhat, A Melzer, J.G.Houston. Perfused human Thiel-embalmed cadaveric hepatic model: hi-fidelity teaching model for advanced interventional radiology simulation training. CIRSE Barcelona, 2016.

H.McLeod, B.F.Cox, J Robertson, J.G.Houston. Multi-modal imaging of functionalized human Thiel embalmed cadavers; a clinical model. SINAPSE, stirling, June 2016

H McLeod,B.F.Cox, J.Robertson, J.G.houston. Novel Endovascular simulation training with perfused Thiel Emabalmed human cadavers. 6th National Scottish Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh. Mary 2016.

C Tanner, Y Zur, K French, G Samei, J Strehow, G Sat, H McLeod, J.G.houston, S Kozerke, G Szekely, A Melzer, T Presusser. In Vivo validation of spatio-temporal liver motion prediction from motion tracked on MR thermometry images. International journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery. April 2016.

McLeod H, Cox B, Eisma R, Mathew S, Melzer A, Houston G. Thiel Embalmed Human Cadaver: Vascular Model Development for Teaching and Training. Poster session presented: College Research Symposium, University of Dundee, Crieff, Feb 20th – 21st 2014.

McLeod H, Cox B, Eisma R, Immel E, Roberston J, Melzer A, Houston G. Thiel Embalmed Human Cadaver: Venous Modeling. Poster Session presented at 26th Society for Medical Innovaton and Technology, Shanghai, 18- 21st Sept 2014. (Won 1st Best poster prize)

McLeod H, Cox B, Eisma R, Immel E, Pendleton M, Melzer A, Houston G. Thiel Embalmed Human Cadaver: Extracorporeal Central Arterial Circulatory Model Development. Oral Presentation presented at 26th Society for Medical Innovaton and Technology, Shanghai, 18- 21st Sept 2014.

McLeod H, Cox B, Robertson J, Melzer A, Houston. Thiel Embalmed Human Cadavers: Developing the optimum training model. Oral Presentation presented at Dr Hadwen Trust Symposium, London 27th Nov 2014.

McLeod,HM. C. Roth., G.Dutertre., G.Fadel., B.Cox., M.Rube., R.Eisma., A Melzer (2012) Percutaneous Vertebroplasty Using Innomotion Robot Guided by MRI. 9th Interventional MRI Symposium. Boston, Sept

Rube M, Fernandez-Gutierrez F, Cox B, Holbrook A, Houston G, White R, McLeod H, Fatahi M, Melzer A. (2014) Preclinical feasibility of a technology framework for MRI-guided iliac angioplasty. Int J CARS

F.Fernandez-Gutierrez,H McLeod, R White, K French, M Gueroguieva, E Immel, A Melzer. (2014) Ergonomic workflow and user experience comparative analysis of MRI versus X-Ray guided vascular interventions: case of study: iliac angioplasty. Publication pending.

F.Fernandez-Gutierrez, S Martinez, M Rube, B Cox, M Fatahi, K Scott-Brown, G Houston, H McLeod, A Melzer (2013) Uncomplicated and safe MRI-Guided Cardiovascular Interventions: Feasibility Study of Iliac Angioplasty. Publication Pending.

B.Cox, H.McLeod, M.Rube, A.Holbrook, S.Vinnicombe, R.Eisma,T.Saliev, I.Karakitsios, A Melzer (2012) MR Real-time tracking of hepatic motion during respiration in a Thiel Soft Fix cadaver. 46th DGBMT Annual Conf Sept 16-19th.

T.Saliev, I.Karakitsios, H.McLeod, R.Eisma, A Melzer. (2012) Developing Thiel Soft Fix Cadavers as suitable model for iMRI training and research. 9th Interventional MRI Symposium.


Helen McLeod, Ben F Cox, James Robertson, Robyn Duncan, Shona Matthew, Raj Bhat, Avril Barclay, Jamshaid. Anwar, Tracey Wilkinson, Andreas Melzer, Graeme Houston. Pending correction. Human Thiel embalmed cadaveric aortic model with perfusion for endovascular intervention training and medical device evaluation. CIRSE