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Professor René Botnar

Professor René Botnar joined King’s in 2007. He is currently Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging and also serves as Interim Head of School, School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, with Professor Alexander Hammers.

Biographical details

Professor Botnar received his PhD from the ETH Zurich.

In 1997, he joined the Cardiac MR Center at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School

In 2003 he became the Scientific Director of the Cardiac MR Center at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

In 2004 he was appointed to Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

In 2007, he joined the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, now School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences (BMEIS) at King’s College London, where he is currently Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging and Interim Head of School with Professor Alexander Hammers.

Professor Botnar’s group is working on the development of novel MR pulse sequences for the non-invasive visualisation of the coronary arteries and myocardial tissue characterization with a major focus on advanced motion correction techniques, novel contrast mechanisms and quantitative signal analysis. He is also very active in molecular MRI of atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction using novel target-specific contrast agents (elastin, collagen, albumin, fibrin, macrophages, oxLDL) and recently started with the development and validation of preclinical PET-MR and multimodal PET-MR contrast agents. 

He is a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (JCMR). He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed original papers, 30 review articles and 25 book chapters in the field of CMR. He also holds 5 patents and is an editor of a CMR textbook on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 

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