Clinical Director, Professor Reza Razavi

Professor Reza Razavi is Consultant Cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Vice President & Vice-Principal of Research at King’s College London, where is also Professor of Paediatric Cardiovascular Science. He is also Director of Research at King’s Health Partners.  Professor Razavi’s previous roles at King’s College London include Head of the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, leading this research centre in its 10 year transformation from 20 to over 400 active researchers.

He is also Director of the Wellcome Trust/ EPSRC Medical Engineering Centre for Research Excellence, one of 4 such centres within the U.K., with a strong focus on imaging technologies, and his own research is in imaging and biomedical engineering related to cardiovascular disease.

One key area of focus is cardiac MRI in relation to congenital heart disease, electrophysiology and heart failure, image guided intervention, XMR (X-ray and MRI) guided cardiac catheterisation and methodological advances to move to faster 3-Dimensional cardiac imaging. He has substantial grant income, and extensive experience working with industry to deliver technologies that move into clinical products, and has published widely in high impact journals with over 200 journal publications. He actively participates in both national and international bodies in the fields of cardiovascular imaging, including Chair of the British Society for Cardiovascular MRI and the organisation of national and international societal meetings, and includes developing curriculum for the training of doctors in this specific area.

Deputy Director, Professor Julia Schnabel

Julia Schnabel is Professor and Chair of Computational Imaging at the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences at King’s College London, where she is also Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging.  Julia’s current research interests are in machine/deep learning, nonlinear motion modelling, multi-modality imaging, dynamic imaging and quantitative imaging for applications in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and fetal health. Her focus is on developing mathematically principled methods for correcting complex types of motion, such as sliding organs, fetal movements, as well as imaging artefacts. She also has an interest in early disease detection, characterisation and prediction of response to treatment, with the aim of rapid translation into clinical practice for patient stratification and improved treatment outcome.

Technology Transfer Business Manager, Dr Neil Simrick

After working in both academic research and industry environments Dr Simrick is using his experience and knowledge at the MedTech Co-operative to support the transfer of world-class research at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London, and our collaborating partners into commercial opportunities for maximum benefit.  Dr Simrick has a background in Physics and Materials Science and was the Principal Scientist at an early stage Harvard spin-out company for four years.  Exploitation of research via commercial avenues is a high-impact approach that can benefit patients through implementation of new technologies, whilst helping to drive economic sustainability within the NHS, University and the country. Dr Simrick’s priorities include, identifying and facilitating protection of new intellectual property, developing commercial collaborative opportunities, business development and contract negotiations.

Project Manager, Dr Jiafeng Feng

Dr Feng is a former academic research scientist specialising in Neuroscience, with past experience working in research and development and setting up studies within a clinical research team. She has a deep-seated interest in translating research to improve patient care. Dr Feng currently manages the NIHR Cardiovascular MedTech Co-operative, responsible for its £1.4m funded infrastructure, working with clinicians, academics, service users, charities and commercial partners. This includes managing scientific milestones and deliverables, overseeing clinical research studies and overall progression of the MedTech Co-operative.  Dr Feng leads the Co-operative’s efforts in working with wider NIHR and NHS landscape to build and extend research capacities and feasibilities, resulting in a diverse research portfolio.

Clinical Research Fellow, Dr Bram Ruijsink

Dr Ruijsink is a clinical research fellow, Adult and Paediatric Congenital Cardiology at the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified in Medicine at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2013 and started his research career at King’s College London in 2014, after working as a registrar in the Netherlands. His primary research is in using new imaging and machine/deep learning techniques to improve patients’ outcomes. He has pioneered techniques for magnetic resonance imaging during bicycle exercise and implemented these techniques to investigate basic mechanisms of cardiac physiology and heart failure in patients with congenital heart diseases. Using artificial intelligence, he also investigates ways to improve early detection and prognosis of heart diseases.

Clinical Research Fellow, Dr Phuoc Duong

Dr Phuoc Duong is a Paediatric Cardiologist specializing in Cardiac Imaging (MRI and CT). He was trained at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, and subsequently Evelina Children’s Hospital. Dr Duong is interested in advanced heart failure therapy for both children and adult patients with congenital heart disease. Being supported by Cardiovascular MedTech Co-operative to undergo post-graduate training, Dr Duong’s research focuses on combining cardiac catheterization and exercise MRI to study the mechanism of heart failure in patients with Fontan circulation. He has taken part in developing the Congenital Cardiac CT programme at St Thomas’ and Evelina London Children’s Hospital, with the aim to minimize radiation exposure to children and adult with congential heart disease. His interest also extends into using CT and MRI data for virtual planning of complex cardiac surgery and catheter interventions.