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Professor Sebastien Ourselin, Head of School 

Professor Sebastien Ourselin is Head of the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London. The School is dedicated to the development, clinical translation and clinical application of medical imaging, computational modelling, minimally invasive interventions and surgery. He is also Director of the EPSRC Image-Guided Therapies UK Network+ and has raised over £40M as Principal Investigator, including £10M under the Innovative Engineering for Health initiative to create the GIFT-Surg project.

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Professor Alexander Hammers, Head (PET Centre) 

Alexander Hammers, a neurologist with a particular interest in epilepsy, is Professor of Imaging and Neuroscience and Head of the King’s College London & Guy’s and St Thomas’ PET Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital. 

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Professor Rene Botnar, Head of Biomedical Engineering 

Rene Botnar joined the King’s College London in 2007, where he is currently Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging and Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department. Dr. Botnar is a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine and a member of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance; he was a board member of Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance from 2008-2011 and was on the scientific advisory board of the High Risk Plaque initiative. 

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Professor Vicky Goh, Head of Cancer Imaging 

Professor Vicky Goh obtained her medical degree from the University of Cambridge, and trained in General Medicine and Radiology in London, completing a Fellowship in Cross-sectional Imaging at Toronto, Canada. She completed her MDRes (University of Cambridge) examining the role of Perfusion CT in colorectal cancer during her time as a Consultant Oncological Radiologist at Mount Vernon Hospital. She joined Kings College London in 2011 as Chair of Clinical Cancer Imaging. She has served as Head of Department, Cancer Imaging, BMEIS since 2017. She is past president of the European Society of Oncologic Imaging and is currently chairing the Academic Committee at the Royal College of Radiologists.

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Professor Sven Plein, Head of Cardiovascular Imaging 

Professor Sven Plein is Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Imaging and a recognized world leading expert in cardiac imaging and cardiac MRI. Prof Plein studied medicine in Marburg/Germany and received an MD from the Phillips University in Marburg/Germany in 1995 and a PhD from the University of Leeds in 2004. He is now a Professor of Cardiology, British Heart Foundation Senior Clinical Research Fellow and a Consultant Cardiologist.  

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Professor Phil Blower, Head of Imaging Chemistry & Biology

Since 2006 Phil Blower has been at King’s College London as Chair in Imaging Chemistry in the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. His research interests are best summarised as “molecular imaging” mainly using inorganic chemistry tools. Most recently he has begun to focus on use of PET to study metallomics and in vivo cell tracking. As Head of the Imaging Chemistry and Biology Dept, he has built a large interdisciplinary research group with wide interests covering radiopharmaceutical chemistry and biology for PET, SPECT and radionuclide therapy, applying inorganic chemistry from all parts of the periodic table to nuclear medicine. He has published >180 peer-reviewed papers and supervised 33 successful PhD students. He played a leading role in setting up the new Chemistry Dept and its undergraduate programme at King’s in 2012 and served as its first interim Head. He has served on various peer review panels for international grant awarding bodies and journals and as Editor in Chief of Nuclear Medicine Communications. His path to this point followed a BA in Natural Sciences (Cambridge) and DPhil in Chemistry (Sussex), and postdoctoral experience in inorganic chemistry at Indiana University and Oxford University. His first academic post was a joint appointment (1987) at Kent and Canterbury Hospital (Radiopharmacy) and the University of Kent (Biosciences). 

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Professor David Edwards, Head of Perinatal Imaging & Health

David Edwards is Director of the Centre for the Developing Brain, Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine, and Head of the Department of Perinatal Imaging and Health, King’s College London, as well as Consultant Neonatologist, Evelina Children’s Hospital.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator, Visiting Professor in the Department of Bioengineeing, Imperial College, and recipient of the 2007 Arvo Yllpo Quinquennial International Gold Medal. He was previously Weston Professor of Neonatal Medicine and Chairman and Head of Department of Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London.

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Professor Kawal Rhode, Academic lead for Education

In 2007, Prof. Rhode was appointed Lecturer in Image Processing at King’s College London, Senior Lecturer in 2011, Reader in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 and Professor in 2016. His current research interests include image-guided interventions, intelligent mechatronics systems for interventions and ultrasound imaging, 3D printing in healthcare and pedagogy for biomedical engineering.

Prof. Rhode has more than 350 publications in journals, conference proceedings, book chapters, and patents.

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Professor Steven Niederer, Academic Lead for Research and Impact 

Professor Steven Niederer completed his undergraduate degree in Engineering Science at the University of Auckland and received his DPhil in computer science from the University of Oxford in 2008. Professor Niederer was a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Life Sciences Interface Early Career Fellow at Oxford prior to moving to Kings’ College London where he is currently a senior lecturer in the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. 

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Professor Paul Marsden, Academic lead for Development, Diversity & Inclusion

Paul Marsden has been involved in PET imaging for most of his career and has worked in all aspects of the field from the production of new radionuclides through to the development of clinical and research scanning protocols. He has a degree in physics at Oxford University, and a PhD in Medical Physics from the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London. His research track record includes the early development of combined PET and MRI imaging systems, data analysis methods for clinical and research PET studies, the development of radionuclide production methods and development of PET and PET-CT image acquisition methods.

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Dr Wenfeng Xia, Academic lead for International 

Dr Xia is a Lecturer in the Department of Surgical & Intervention Engineering at the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences.

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