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Professor Edwin J.R. van Beek

Clinical Radiology

University of Edinburgh



Professor Edwin van Beek graduated from Erasmus Medical School, Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1987. His subsequent career saw him work in the UK, Amsterdam (PhD and Radiology speciality training), and then back in the UK (University of Sheffield - MEd). He established a successful chest MRI programme, studied PET imaging at King's College London to help establish PET imaging in Sheffield, and was involved in pulmonary hypertension and lung cancer groups.

In 2004 he took up the position of Professor of Radiology, Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa, USA, where he developed a clinical service for Cardiac CT Angiography and worked on CT based methods for identification and quantification of lung diseases. He obtained his full medical license in Iowa during this time.

In 2009 he took up his current post as SINAPSE Chair of Clinical Radiology and Director of Edinburgh Imaging facility QMRI at the University of Edinburgh, with an emphasis on quantitative imaging in cardiovascular, chest and PET imaging. His focus is on incorporating quantification of disease with both morphology and functional assessment. He is on the ESR European Imaging Biomarkers Alliance board, and has a similar role for the National Cancer Research Institute, UK. He was elected a member of the Fleischner Society in 2015.

He has published extensively and has more than 350 peer-reviewed articles, 450 abstracts, 3 books and more than 50 book chapters. He has been active in numerous multidisciplinary research groups in the EU, USA, and UK, and he is on the editorial boards of the Journal of MRI (deputy editor), World Journal of Radiology, ISRN and the International Journal of Radiology. He is an active member of ESR, ESTI, ESCR (having served on various committees for the ECR) and was President of the 7th IWPFI in Edinburgh in 2015.

He has served on the Annual Programme Planning Committee, the Hyperpolarized Media Study Group and the Educational Committee of ISMRM. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, a member of the British Society for Thoracic Imaging and Radiological Society of North America and an honorary member of the Hellenic Radiological Society.

He has also served as a consultant for a number of software and hardware imaging related companies, including Holoxica, Imbio and Aidence. He has worked on bringing novel tools to clinical workflow, in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh's Bioquarter development, and increasingly brings interest from both small and large-scale companies.