Prof Sven Plein

Prof Sven Plein

Position: Professor of Cardiology (Clinical)

Areas of expertise: Biomedical Imaging; Cardiology; Cardiovascular disease; Magnetic Resonance Imaging

I am a Professor of Cardiology and British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Imagin at the University of Leeds, where I have led the Department of Biomedical Imaging Science since 2017. In addition, I hold an honorary Consultant Cardiologist contract at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Leeds. I studied Medicine in Marburg/Germany and received an MD from the Phillips University in Marburg/Germany in 1995 and my PhD from the University of Leeds in 2004. I was previously a British Heart Foundation Senior Clinical Research Fellow (2011-2015), Wellcome Trust Intermediate Research Fellow (2006-2010) and British Heart Foundation Junior Research Fellow (2001-2003). I have held several societal positions including Vice presidency European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) of the European Society of Cardiology, Chairman of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the European Society of Cardiology and serve on several editorial boards including Senior Associate Editor European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging. My grant income includes a British Heart Foundation programme grant. Mechanisms of cardiovascular disease in diabetes Mellitus and I have published over 250 original research, review and position papers.

Head of Department of Biomedical Imaging Science
Joint Lead Advanced Imaging Centre
Research interests
My main research interest is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). I focus on developing and validating novel MRI methods and apply them to disease models and patients studies in order to answer clinically relevant questions. A particular of my group has been the development and clinical translation of myocardial perfusion MRI. More recently, my work has focussed on cardiometabolic disease, in particular the effects of diabetes mellitus on the cardiovascular system.

MD (Marburg, Germany)
PhD (Leeds)
Professional memberships
FRCP (London)
Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
European Society of Cardiology
Student education
I have a particular interest in education and training and have initiated and led the European CMR certification process and the CMR exam created the CMR pocket guides and a free CMR mobile App, and am the editor of several CMR textbooks, most recently the new EACVI Textbook on CMR. I lecture locally, nationally and internationally on cardiovascular imaging topics. I supervise several PhD and MD students.

Research groups and institutes
Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
Biomedical Imaging Science
British Heart Foundation - Cardiovascular research

Non-invasive advanced imaging biomarkers to improve optimal timing of interventions in tetralogy of fallot

Contact Details

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  • Address
    6 Clarendon Way
  • City
  • State or Province
    West Yorkshire
  • Zip Code
    LS2 9NL
  • Country
    United Kingdom