Cardiologist Professor Stefan Neubauer has invented a test for chronic liver disease which could cut diagnosis time from weeks to a single day. Here he tells us about his working life and what it’s been like to set up a company to develop his discovery.
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I’m a professor of cardiovascular medicine and, in a nutshell, my job is to develop new ways to characterise the inner workings of the heart, based on magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and spectroscopy. I’m Director of the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research, and setting up this clinical research unit from scratch – which is now recognised worldwide – has been the highlight of my academic career. But in 2012, I also took a leap into the world of industry. Together with three colleagues I founded a spin-out company based on an important discovery we made.
One of the joys of turning 100 is that you have a fair few photos to look back on. As part of the research for the MRC Centenary Timeline, we’ve been looking through the archives and finding some gems, including this picture of the team behind some of the first MRI scans of the entire body.
The team behind some of the first whole-body MRI scans (Copyright: Sir Peter Mansfield)
He might look like a man lying on a wallpaper pasting-table but in fact Barry Hill, then a technician in the Department of Physics at the University of Nottingham, is reclining atop state-of-the-art MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) equipment.
This photo, tentatively dated to 1980, shows Sir Peter Mansfield (in shirt and tie) and his colleagues a couple of years after they completed their first MRI whole-body scans (of Sir Peter himself). They’d completed the first MRI images of living tissue — the fingers of research student Andrew Maudsley — in 1976. Read more