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Professor Martin Ugander

MD, PhD, FCSANZ

Director of Medical Imaging

Professor Martin Ugander, MD, PhD, is since 2019 Professor of Cardiac Imaging and since 2020 Director of Clinical Imaging, both at the University of Sydney.  He was born 1975 in Sweden, and grew up in the USA.  He received his MD in 2001 and PhD in 2006 from Lund University, Sweden. 2009-2011 he was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Cardiovascular MRI and CT at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.  2011-2019 he undertook clinical training in the medical specialty Clinical Physiology at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, where he also founded and led the Karolinska Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance clinical and translational research group at the Karolinska Institute.  He continues to hold an affiliation with the Karolinska Institute, and is also Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Martin has a research interest in non-invasive cardiac imaging and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with a focus on the diagnoses ischemic heart disease, myocarditis, and heart failure, as well as basic cardiac pumping physiology.

Martin’s research spans technical, pre-clinical translational, and clinical cardiovascular imaging using cardiac MRI, echocardiography, myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), x-ray computed tomography (CT), and electrocardiography (ECG).
Professor Martin Ugander’s latest research partially funded by Heart Research Australia focuses on developing and using state-of-the-art cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to better understand, diagnose, and evaluate treatment in heart failure. The research specifically focuses on the challenges related to:
* Inefficient filling of the heart
* Thick walls of the heart
* A reduction in blood flow to the smallest vessels of the heart.