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PhD student Marianna Fontana wins Early Career Award

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ICS PhD student Marianna Fontana has won the prestigious Early Career Award in the clinical category at last week’s Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Congress in New Orleans, US. Of all of the submitted abstracts, five were selected and each finalist did a 10 minutes presentation about their research. Marianna’s win is particularly impressive as she won this in what is effectively her first year of research, most win this in their final year.

The title of Marianna’s presentation was “Native T1 Mapping in ATTR Cardiac Amyloidosis – Comparison with AL Cardiac Amyloidosis – A 200 Patient Study”, and is the largest study done so far in cardiac amyloidosis. The study was done between the Heart Hospital Imaging Centre and the National Amyloidosis Centre.

Marianna is 18 months into her PhD “The quantification of cardiac TTR amyloid: a diagnostic tool for better patient care” which she is doing under the supervision of Dr James Moon. She is doing her research at the Hart Hospital Imaging Centre, where she carries out Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance scans, and National Amyloidosis Centre where she sees and recruits patients.