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Rapid Diagnosis Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Robert S. Balaban, Ph.D.
Chief, Laboratory of Cardiac
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Despite the progress achieved against
heart attacks, they are still a major killer of Americans. Quick,
accurate diagnosis is the key to successful heart attack treatment,
especially for patients with hard-to-define cases.
Dr. Robert S. Balaban, an expert in magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI), will explain how MRI detects heart attack
and heart disease.
He completed his undergraduate degree
at the University of Miami, majoring in chemistry and biology.
He continued his studies at Duke University, where he earned a
doctorate in physiology and pharmacology.
From 1980 to 1981, he was a NATO Postdoctoral
Fellow in biochemistry at Oxford University. He then joined NIH
as a member of the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism
of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Since
1988, he has served as NHLBIís Chief of the Laboratory
of Cardiac Energetics.
Dr. Balaban is an active member of numerous
professional associations, including the American Physiological
Society, the Biophysical Society, and the Society of Magnetic
Resonance in Medicine. From 1995 to 1996, he was President ohe
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Dr. Balaban has organized professional
symposia and serves on numerous scientific advisory boards. He
has published widely, having authored or coauthored 190 peer-reviewed
papers and more than 600 abstracts.
He was associate editor of the American
Journal of Physiology, and is on the editorial boards of Nuclear
Magnetic Resonance in Biomedicine, Magnetic Resonance Quarterly,
and Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Dr. Balaban has received prestigious
honors for his work including a Gold Medal from the Society of
Magnetic Resonance, a Public Health Service Superior Service Award,
and most recently, an NIH Director's Award.
Currently, Dr. Balaban's research explores
the use of MRI to rapidly identify heart disease--and ultimately
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