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My research in a nutshell

Dr Marc is a British Heart Foundation Senior Lecturer and Consultant Cardiologist at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interests are in the application of multi-modality  imaging techniques (echocardiography, CT, MRI, PET) to the study of cardiovascular disease, in particular to aortic stenosis, cardiomyopathy and coronary atherosclerosis. In particular he aims to translate these powerful novel imaging techniques in to improvements in patient assessment and clinical outcomes. Dr Dweck is the Chief Investigator for two ongoing randomised controlled trials in aortic stenosis, SALTIRE 2 and EVOVLED, and a lead investigator for the PREFFIR trial investigating whether advanced hybrid imaging can improve the prediction of myocardial infarction.  

 

Qualifications

  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology 2013
  • Member of the Young Academy of Scotland, Royal Society of Edinburgh 2013
  • PhD, University of Edinburgh 2012
  • MRCP, Royal College of Physicians 2006
  • MB ChB, University of Edinburgh 2003
  • BSc (First Class Honours), University of Edinburgh 2000

 

Awards & Prizes

  • 2017 BMJ Imaging Team of the Year
  • 2016 Michael Davies Early Career Award, British Cardiovascular Society
  • 2016 Elite Reviewer for JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
  • 2015 Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research
  • 2015 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education
  • 2015 British Heart Foundation Outstanding Investigator Award
  • 2015 Young Investigator Award, American College Cardiology Scientific Sessions (senior author)
  • 2015 University of Edinburgh “Rising Star” Chancellor’s Award
  • 2014 Glaxo-Smith Kline Emerging Scientist of the Year, Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • 2014 Prof J Roelandt’s Young Investigator Award. Euro Echo Imaging, Vienna
  • 2013 Patrick Neil Medal. Early Career Award for Life Sciences, Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 2013 Finalist The Lancet Prize, Young Investigator Award, Academy of Medical Sciences
  • 2012 William W. Parmley Young Author Award, Journal American College of Cardiology
  • 2012 Winner, Young Investigator Award, American College Cardiology Scientific Sessions
  • 2012 President’s Medal, Royal Society of Medicine, London
  • 2011 Young Research Workers Prize, Radiology Society North America, Chicago, USA

Visiting and Research Positions

  • Member Editorial Board Circulation
  • Guest Editor Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging.
  • Member of the Education Committee, European Association Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)
  • Member of the Nucleus for CMR, European Association Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)
  • Member of the Nucleus for CT and Nuclear Imaging, European Association Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)
  • External Advisory Board of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 ITN-EJD No 722609 program INTRICARE.
  • Member of the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

I am an honorary consultant cardiologist at the Edinburgh Heart Centre. I am on call for acute cardiology admissions and the coronary care unit on a 1 in 12 rota. I have an outpatient clinic once a week seeing the full spectrum of cardiology conditions and referrals. My specialist interests are outlined below.

 

IMAGING

  • · Transthoracic echocardiography (British Society of Echocardiography accreditation)
  • · I deliver the advanced clinical imaging service at Edinburgh Heart Centre, incorporating state-of-the-art cardiovascular magnetic resonance (cardiomyopathies, viability, myocardial perfusion etc.), computed tomography coronary angiography, CT imaging prior to TAVI implantation and structural heart intervention, as well as vascular FDG PET imaging for prosthesis infections and cardiac sarcoidosis.
  • · I have trained numerous fellows and registrars in the acquisition and reporting of these scans.

 

DEVICES

I regularly perform and supervise cardiac device implantation lists inserting permanent pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation therapy devices. I also perform pacemaker lead extraction and together with Dr Neil Grubb offer the Scottish National service removing devices using the Spectranetics laser system. 

Teaching

  • Member of the Education Committee, European Association Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)
  • Invited Faculty ESC Basic Science Summer School. European Heart House, Nice 2017
  • Clinical tutor for 3rd year medical students in Cardiology
  • Examiner for year 3 OSCE/OSCA examinations at the University of Edinburgh Medical Schoo
  • Contribution to the American College of Cardiology Valvular Heart Disease Clinical Topic Collection.   Pawade T, Everett R, Cartlidge T, Dweck M. Utility of PET and MRI in AS. http://www.acc.org. July 26, 2016.  http://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2016/07/26/08/21/utility-of-pet-and-mri-in-as
  • BMJ Podcast. “Advice for trainees considering a career in academic medicine.” June 2016 https://soundcloud.com/bmjpodcasts/interview-with-marc-dweck
  • European Association Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) Toolkit on Aortic Stenosis. The Role of PET/CT in Aortic Stenosis. 2016
  • ACCEL on line teaching program talking with Dr Anthony De Maria (Editor of JACC) about low-flow, low-gradient severe aortic stenosis. 2015.
  • Lecture on “Atherosclerosis” to the 1st year medical students at the University of Edinburgh
  • Lecture on “Cardiovascular Imaging” to the 3rd year medical students at the University of Edinburgh
  • Lecturer and tutor for the University of Edinburgh/ Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh online MSc in Internal Medicine. This involved creating a series of web-based lectures, followed by live on-line tutorials based upon case presentations. 
  • Author of the pathophysiology section on an online e-learning program on heart valve disease set up by the British Heart Valve Society and the British Journal of Cardiology.  http://bjcardio.co.uk/category/heart-valve-disease-learning/
  • Author of the key references section for the educational section of the British Heart Valve Society Website. Aortic stenosis pathobiology & The Emerging Role of MRI, CT and PET in heart valve disease.

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