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Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Group

Improving diagnosis and treatment monitoring in heart disease
We develop and use state-of-the-art cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging to better diagnose and evaluate treatment in heart disease, and to understand the basic physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms of cardiac function in health and disease.

About us

Our research is a part of a collaborative global network of researchers and clinicians with an aim to provide accurate diagnostic methods, earlier detection, earlier treatment, and decreased morbidity and mortality from heart disease.

Our group brings together and collaborates across a multidisciplinary team composed of cardiologists, radiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, anaesthestists, cardiovascular physiologists, histologists, molecular biologists, sonographers, radiographers, magnetic resonance physicists, biomedical engineers, image processing scientists, and applied mathematicians.

Our research

Our group focuses on developing and using cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques in order to better understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of heart disease. Through this, we seek  to improve diagnosis and develop new treatment options for patients with heart disease. We also use and seek to better understand associated imaging and diagnostic techniques including echocardiography, x-ray computed tomography (CT), cardiovascular nuclear imaging, and electrocardiography (ECG).

Our current research specifically focuses on the challenges related to:

  • inefficient filling of the heart – diastolic dysfunction,
  • thick walls of the heart – left ventricular hypertrophy,
  • a reduction in blood flow to the smallest vessels of the heart – coronary microvascular dysfunction,
  • and, how these disease manifestations relate to heart failure, in particular heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).

Professional staff: 

Postdoctoral researchers:

  • Giuseppe Femia
  • Scott Quadrelli 

PhD students:

MSc students:

MD and honours students:

  • Emanuel Cabral 
  • Angus Fung
  • Jackson Glenn
  • Michael Gribble
  • Mitchell Murdock
  • Nicholas Page
  • Dhnanjay Soundappan

Research leaders

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Professor Martin Ugander
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Dr Rebecca Kozor
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