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Prof. Fernando Calamante PhD

Laboratory Head, MRI Blood Flow and Brain Connectivity Laboratory — Imaging

 

  • Bio
After I finished my BSc degree in Physics (with Honours, GPA=9.4/10) in Argentina, I was awarded the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship (The British Council) to study MRI in the UK (1994). I later carried out my PhD in MRI at University College London, where I was appointed Lecturer in Biophysics in 2000. I relocated to Melbourne in 2005, where I am currently a Florey Senior Principal Research Fellow at The Florey Institute, and Professor at the University of Melbourne (Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health). 
 
My main areas of research are the development of methods for Perfusion MRI and Diffusion MRI, brain connectivity, and their applications to epilepsy, stroke and mental health. I have gained international recognition for my work on bolus-tracking Perfusion MRI in particular, which is highly cited and at the forefront of the field. My review article on Perfusion MRI is the most cited review in this field to date. I am also highly recognised for my work in Diffusion MRI methods to delineate white matter pathways, with our MRtrix software tool widely used worldwide (with over 8000 downloads). More recently, I have developed a new means of Super-resolution MRI based on the information contained in whole-brain fibre-tracking, which has also attracted great interest from industry, including a "Work in Progress" (WiP) package developed in collaboration with Siemens (Erlangen, Germany). 
 
I have been actively involved in the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM, with 7000+ members). For example, I was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Society (2012-2015), and Chair of its Diffusion and Perfusion Study Groups (with 1000+ members, 2009-2013, 2014-2016). I was also appointed to several of its Committees, including Chair of the MRI Safety Committee (2013-2017), and member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee (2007-2009, 2016-2019), the Web Editorial Board (2013-2017), Workshops & Study Group Committee (2010-2013, 2015-2016), Chapters Committee (2010-2011), and Ad-hoc Committee on Electronic Media. I have also organised several other ISMRM-related activities, including Educational Courses, Plenary Lectures, and 3 Workshops (Italy 2004, Brazil 2007, USA 2012).
 
 
  • National competitive research funding
-National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship (2017–2021, $697,605)
-Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant (2017–2019, $410,500)
-National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant (2016–2020, $16,110,000)
-Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (2012–2015, $736,856)
-Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant (2012–2014, $310,000)
-National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant (2011–2015, $16,760,000)
-National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant (2008–2010, $267,825)
-National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) R. Douglas Wright Biomedical Career Development Award (2007–2012, $445,000)
-UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant (2005–2008, £206,626) 
 
  • Journal Editorial Board Membership 
Editorial Board, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (since 2015)
Guest Editor, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (2005)

 

Research Papers

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Gadolinium deposition in the brain: summary of evidence and recommendations

Journal

Lancet Neurology

Volume

16

Begin Page

564

Date

1/7/2017

Author(s)

Vikas Gulani, Fernando Calamante, Frank G Shellock, Emanuel Kanal, Scott B Reeder
Guidelines for Documentation and Consent for Nonclinical, Nonresearch MRI in Human Subjects

Journal

Journal Of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Volume

45

Begin Page

36

Date

1/1/2017

Author(s)

Scott B Reeder, Vera Kimbrell, Titti Owman, Michael Steckner, Fernando Calamante
Track-weighted dynamic functional connectivity (TW-dFC): a new method to study time-resolved functional connectivity

Journal

Brain Structure And Function

Volume

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Begin Page

1

Date

26/4/2017

Author(s)

F Calamante, RE Smith, X Liang, A Zalesky, A Connelly
Track-weighted imaging methods: extracting information from a streamlines tractogram

Journal

Magnetic Resonance Materials In Physics Biology And Medicine

Volume

30

Begin Page

317

Date

1/8/2017

Author(s)

Fernando Calamante

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Qualifications

Listed below are Prof. Fernando Calamante's qualifications.
  • PhD, University College London, UK (2000)
  • BSc (Honours) in Physics, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1992)

Awards

Listed below are Prof. Fernando Calamante's awards.
  • Excellence Award to the Highest Ranked Program Grant, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia (2010)
  • RD Wright Career Development Award, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia (2007)
  • Bogue Research Fellowship, University College London, UK (2004)
  • British Chevening Scholar, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarships and Awards Scheme from the British Council, UK (1994)