University of Toronto
Dr. Chris Macgowan received his undergraduate degree in Honours Physics from the University of British Columbia (1989-1993). His graduate training was from the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto, where he received an M.Sc. and a PhD on the topic of blood flow measurement using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Dr. Macgowan was recruited to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in 2000 to develop a research program in cardiovascular imaging. He is now a Senior Scientist in the Translational Medicine program and the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at SickKids, as well as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto.
For over 25 years, Dr. Macgowan has developed novel, non-invasive imaging methods to evaluate cardiovascular physiology. This experience has included the theoretical development, experimental validation and practical implementation of advanced MR and ultrasound imaging methods. His work has improved quantification of blood flow, blood oxygen saturation, tissue perfusion and vascular mechanics in children.
In recent years his laboratory has focused on the measurement of fetal cardiovascular physiology. Notable work includes the development of a novel retrospective gating strategy for fetal cardiovascular MRI, known as metric-optimized gating, that has enabled dynamic fetal CMR and the first MRI measurements of fetal blood flow distribution in healthy pregnancies. Work in his lab has also characterized the MR properties of fetal blood, enabling quantification of fetal blood oxygen saturation and hematocrit non-invasively. In collaboration with clinical colleagues, these collective methods are improving our understanding of normal fetal development and also the impact of pathologies such as congenital heart disease and placental insufficiency on fetal growth.
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