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Prof. Anwar R. Padhani is an internationally recognized Oncological MRI radiologist and currently, the clinical lead in MRI and head of imaging research at the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, London. He is Professor of Cancer Imaging at the Institute of Cancer Research, London. He is chairman of the executive board and Trustee of the International Cancer Imaging Society (ICIS) and its 2012 past-president. He is also a Trustee of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).
He is involved in the development of innovative research programs investigating the use of functional imaging on the microenvironment of human tumours, and has performed numerous clinical research studies evaluating tumour perfusion, permeability, oxygenation and cellularity imaging of breast, rectal and prostate cancers as well as studies of antiangiogenic and vascular disruptive treatments. This work which involves CT scanning, MRI and PET-CT is of international renown. He is a co-applicant in 20 successful grant proposals in support of this work.
He has helped establish MRI perfusion and diffusion as biomarkers of tumour response. In this regard, he has advised the National Cancer Institute of the USA and Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) on early clinical trials imaging methodology; this work has attracted clinical research organisation and pharmaceutical interest. He has been instrumental in the introduction of multiparametric prostate MRI into routine clinical practice in the UK contributing to guideline development, quality assurance programs and training.
He is a recognised cancer imaging expert looking after patients on a weekly basis. He is a specialist in a number of emerging clinical MRI applications including dynamic MRI, diffusion weighted MRI, Clinical MR spectroscopy, whole body MRI and multiparametric MRI of the prostate cancer. Recently he has expended his energy into therapy evaluations of metastatic bone disease.
Dr. Padhani has a passion for teaching and has published chapters in 33 textbooks, 67 educational and scientific journal reviews in peer reviewed journals, and published over 117 full scientific articles in peer reviewed journals. He co-edited the book “Advances in Oncologic Imaging Techniques” (Taylor & Francis, New York) published in 2006.
Dr Padhani has given over 350 invited lectures at national and international scientific and educational medical meetings including several plenary talks and >150 post-graduate talks on multifunctional imaging, imaging of angiogenesis, advanced prostate MRI, whole body diffusion imaging and the imaging of metastatic bone disease. He has to his credit several education related awards including outstanding teacher award from the ISMRM in 2011, 2012, 2014 and honoured educator award from the RSNA in 2011 & 2014. He was the organiser of weekend educational course on “clinical MRI of cancer” at the annual meeting of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) for 2006-2009, 2010-2012.