NRS Mental Health Network Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 Nov 02, 2021 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (and online)
SRS Autumn Meeting 2021 Nov 12, 2021 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM — Dundee


SINAPSE experts from around Scotland have developed ten online modules designed to explain medical imaging. They are freely available and are intended for non-specialists.

Edinburgh Imaging Academy at the University of Edinburgh offers the following online programmes through a virtual learning environment:

Neuroimaging for Research MSc/Dip/Cert

Imaging MSc/Dip/Cert

PET-MR Principles & Applications Cert

Applied Medical Image Analysis Cert

Online Short Courses

Professor Edwin van Beek

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Position: SINAPSE Chair of Clinical Radiology and Honorary Consultant Radiologist


I am a clinical cardiothoracic radiologist with experience in lung, cardiovascular and oncologic imaging. I am interested in multidisciplinary research approaches with the application of novel imaging techniques and advanced quantitative software tools to provide better analysis of disease states and wish to develop imaging as a biomarker. In addition to the relatively traditional single organ system approach, I am interested in the interactions of these systems within the larger groups of diseases, including COPD, asthma, atherosclerosis and cancer. Towards this end, I intend to develop programs that will appeal to multiple specialities that may not currently be working together within a single group of researchers. Apart from these ideas and interests, I am trained in Clinical Epidemiology and am interested in developing Evidence Based Radiology into clinical practice and build this within the registrar training scheme. It is my firm belief that this will aid in developing an academic career pathway within Radiology. My current role is that of director of the clinical research imaging centre, which houses 3T MRI, 128 PET-CT and 320 detector row CT. This is supported by a GE cyclotron with a fully functional MHRA inspected GMP radiochemistry facility as well as a research laboratory, allowing clinical/research production as well as development of novel radiotracers. An integrated advanced image analysis laboratory completes the centre.

Institute: Clinical Research Imaging Centre, University of Edinburgh

Department: Queenís Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh

Research Themes

Respiratory Medicine Imaging Cardiovascular Imaging (both systemic and pulmonary circulation) Molecular and Oncologic Imaging

Key Publications
  • Shroff R, Kirschner A, Maifeld M, van Beek EJR, Jagasia D, Dokras A. Young obese women with PCOS have evidence of early coronary atherosclerosis. J Clin Endocrinol Metabol 2007;92:4600-4614.
  • Van Beek EJR, Dahmen AM, Stavngaard T, et al. Comparison of hyperpolarised 3-He MRI and HRCT in normal volunteers, patients with COPD and patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency – PHIL trial. Eur Resp J 2009;34:1311-1321.
  • Lederer DJ, Enright PL, Kawut SM, et al. Cigarette smoking is associated with subclinical parenchymal lung disease: The MESA-Lung Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2009;180:407-414.
  • Van Beek EJR, Malone DE. Evidence Based Radiology: why and how should we teach it? Radiology 2007;243:633-640.
  • Washko GR, Hunninghake GM, Fernandez IE, et al. for COPDGene Investigators. Lung volumes and emphysema in smokers with interstitial lung abnormalities. N Engl J Med 2011;364:897-906.
  • Condliffe R, Radon M, Hurdman J, et al. CT pulmonary angiography combined with echocardiography in suspected systemic sclerosis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension. Rheumatology 2011;50:1480-1486.
  • Han MK, Kazerooni EA, Lynch DA, et al. for COPDGene Investigators. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exaerbations in the COPDGene study: associated radiologic phenotypes. Radiology 2011;261:274-282.
  • Dweck MR, Jones C,, Joshi N, et al. Role of active valvular calcification and inflammation in patients with aortic stenosis. Circulation 2012;125:76-86.
  • Maclay JD, McAllister DA, Rabinovich R, et al. Systemic elastin degradation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Thorax 2012;67:606-612.
  • Wells JM, Washko GR, Han MK et al. for COPDGene Investigators. Pulmonary arterial enlargement and acute exacerbations of COPD. N Engl J Med 2012;367:913-921.
  • Romme EAPM, Murchison JT, Phang KF, et al. Bone attenuation on routine chest CT correlates with bone mineral density on DXA in patients with COPD. J Bone Mineral Res 2012;27:2338-2343.
  • Dweck MR, C how MWL, Joshi N, et al. Coronary arterial 18F-NaF uptake - a novel marker of cardiovascular risk. J Am Coll Cardiol 2012;59:1539-1548.


Harm Tiddens (Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands) International

Graham Barr (Columbia University, New York, NY) International

Kevin Flaherty (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI) International

Matthijs Oudkerk (State University Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands) International

Hans-Ulrich Kauczor (University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany) International

Eric Hoffman (University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA) International

Jim Wild (University of Sheffield) United Kingdom

David Kiely (University of Sheffield) United Kingdom

David Lynch (National Jewish Hospital, Denver, CO) International

James Crapo (National Jewish Hospital, Denver, CO) International

Bill MacNee (University of Edinburgh) Scotland

David Newby (University of Edinburgh) Scotland

John Murchison (Lothian University Health Trust) Scotland

Yoshi Ohno (Kobe University, Kobe, Japan) International

Saeed Mirsadraee (University of Edinburgh) Scotland

The list is much longer and I apologise if I forgot to mention anyone !

Software Expertise

I have been involved in developing a range of software tools, including software for quantitative analysis of chest CT, automated pattern recognition software for lung fibrosis and emphysema, computer assisted detection of lung nodules on chest radiographs.

I have also worked with a range of companies to advise on software developments and help develop priorities towards the further creation and refinement of imaging-based software tools.