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Dr Jason Tarkin

Dr Jason Tarkin

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow

Research themes

Vascular Medicine:

Research Interests

Jason Tarkin is a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow and Clinical Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and the National Heart & Lung Institute at Hammersmith Hospital. Previously, he was a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research PhD Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and a Cardiology trainee at the Barts Heart Centre in London. He graduated with Distinction in Medicine from St. George's, University of London in 2008, and was awarded summa cum laude with honors in Biology from the University of New Hampshire in 2003.

Jason's PhD thesis evaluated novel methods for quantifying vascular inflammation in atherosclerosis using non-invasive imaging, with specific focus on somatostatin receptor positron emission tomography. His current research programme aims to examine potential clinical translational applications of this method for use in drug discovery, guiding novel therapies in high-risk patients with cardiovascular disease, and in other vascular inflammatory diseases.


vascular imaging ; vascular biology

Key Publications

18F-FDG Uptake on PET/CT in Symptomatic versus Asymptomatic Carotid Disease: a Meta-Analysis. Chowdhury MM, Tarkin JM, Evans NR, Le E, Warburton EA, Hayes PD, Rudd JHF, Coughlin PA. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2018 Aug;56(2):172-179.

PET imaging of the neurovascular interface in cerebrovascular disease. Evans NR, Tarkin JM, Buscombe JR, Markus HS, Rudd JHF, Warburton EA. Nat Rev Neurol. 2018 May;14(5):313.

PET imaging of the neurovascular interface in cerebrovascular disease. Evans NR, Tarkin JM, Buscombe JR, Markus HS, Rudd JHF, Warburton EA. Nat Rev Neurol. 2017 Nov;13(11):676-688.

Lower limb arterial calcification (LLAC) scores in patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease are associated with increased cardiac mortality and morbidity. Chowdhury MM, Makris GC, Tarkin JM, Joshi FR, Hayes PD, Rudd JHF, Coughlin PA. PLoS One. 2017 Sep 8;12(9):e0182952.

Detection of Atherosclerotic Inflammation by 68Ga-DOTATATE PET Compared to [18F]FDG PET Imaging. Tarkin JM, Joshi FR, Evans NR, Chowdhury MM, Figg NL, Shah AV, Starks LT, Martin-Garrido A, Manavaki R, Yu E, Kuc RE, Grassi L, Kreuzhuber R, Kostadima MA, Frontini M, Kirkpatrick PJ, Coughlin PA, Gopalan D, Fryer TD, Buscombe JR, Groves AM, Ouwehand WH, Bennett MR, Warburton EA, Davenport AP, Rudd JH. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Apr 11;69(14):1774-1791.

High Structural Stress and Presence of Intraluminal Thrombus Predict Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm 18F-FDG Uptake: Insights From Biomechanics. Huang Y, Teng Z, Elkhawad M, Tarkin JM, Joshi N, Boyle JR, Buscombe JR, Fryer TD, Zhang Y, Park AY, Wilkinson IB, Newby DE, Gillard JH, Rudd JH. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Nov;9(11).

An unusual finding in a 57-year-old woman with new onset hypertension and a diastolic murmur. Tarkin JM, Rudd JH, Jayne DR, Rusk RA, Gopalan D. Heart. 2016 Nov 1;102(21):1762.

Noninvasive Molecular Imaging of Disease Activity in Atherosclerosis. Dweck MR, Aikawa E, Newby DE, Tarkin JM, Rudd JH, Narula J, Fayad ZA. Circ Res. 2016 Jul 8;119(2):330-40.

Vasodilator Therapy: Nitrates and Nicorandil. Tarkin JM, Kaski JC. Cardiovasc Drugs Ther. 2016 Aug;30(4):367-378.

Imaging unstable plaque. Sriranjan RS, Tarkin JM, Evans NR, Chowdhury MM, Rudd JH. Q J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2016 Sep;60(3):205-18.

PET Imaging of Atherosclerotic Disease: Advancing Plaque Assessment from Anatomy to Pathophysiology. Evans NR, Tarkin JM, Chowdhury MM, Warburton EA, Rudd JH. Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2016 Jun;18(6):30.

Imaging Atherosclerosis. Tarkin JM, Dweck MR, Evans NR, Takx RA, Brown AJ, Tawakol A, Fayad ZA, Rudd JH. Circ Res. 2016 Feb 19;118(4):750-69.

Fractional flow reserve and minimum Pd/Pa ratio during intravenous adenosine infusion: very similar but not always the same. Echavarria-Pinto M, Petraco R, van de Hoef TP, Gonzalo N, Nijjer S, Tarkin JM, Ibanez B, Sen S, Jimenez-Quevedo P, Nunez-Gil IJ, Nombela-Franco L, Alfonso F, Fernandez-Ortiz A, Macaya C, Piek JJ, Davies J, Escaned J. EuroIntervention. 2016 Jan 22;11(9):1013-9.

PET imaging of atherosclerosis. Tarkin JM, Joshi FR, Rajani NK, Rudd JH. Future Cardiol. 2015;11(1):115-31.

Inter-hospital transfer for primary angioplasty: delays are often due to diagnostic uncertainty rather than systems failure and universal time metrics may not be appropriate. Tarkin J, Malhotra A, Apps A, Smith R, Di Mario C, Rogers P, Lane R, Kabir T, Mason M, Ilsley C, Whitbread M, Dalby M. EuroIntervention. 2015 Sep;11(5):511-7.

PET imaging of inflammation in atherosclerosis. Tarkin JM, Joshi FR, Rudd JH. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2014 Aug;11(8):443-57.

Low coronary microcirculatory resistance associated with profound hypotension during intravenous adenosine infusion: implications for the functional assessment of coronary stenoses. Echavarría-Pinto M, Gonzalo N, Ibañez B, Petraco R, Jimenez-Quevedo P, Sen S, Nijjer S, Tarkin J, Alfonso F, Núñez-Gil IJ, Bañuelos C, Quirós A, Fernández-Ortiz A, Macaya C, Koo BK, Davies J, Escaned J. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2014 Feb;7(1):35-42.

Hemodynamic response to intravenous adenosine and its effect on fractional flow reserve assessment: results of the Adenosine for the Functional Evaluation of Coronary Stenosis Severity (AFFECTS) study. Tarkin JM, Nijjer S, Sen S, Petraco R, Echavarria-Pinto M, Asress KN, Lockie T, Khawaja MZ, Mayet J, Hughes AD, Malik IS, Mikhail GW, Baker CS, Foale RA, Redwood S, Francis DP, Escaned J, Davies JE. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Dec;6(6):654-61.

Pharmacological treatment of chronic stable angina pectoris. Tarkin JM, Kaski JC. Clin Med (Lond). 2013 Feb;13(1):63-70.

Severe cardiac failure due to rapidly progressive rheumatoid arthritis-associated valvulopathy. Tarkin JM, Hadjiloizou N, Savage HO, Prasad SK, Sheppard MN, Moat NE, Kaddoura S. Cardiovasc J Afr. 2012 Aug 12;23(7):e1-3.

Development and validation of a new adenosine-independent index of stenosis severity from coronary wave-intensity analysis: results of the ADVISE (ADenosine Vasodilator Independent Stenosis Evaluation) study. Sen S, Escaned J, Malik IS, Mikhail GW, Foale RA, Mila R, Tarkin J, Petraco R, Broyd C, Jabbour R, Sethi A, Baker CS, Bellamy M, Al-Bustami M, Hackett D, Khan M, Lefroy D, Parker KH, Hughes AD, Francis DP, Di Mario C, Mayet J, Davies JE. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Apr 10;59(15):1392-402.

Variable presentation of ventricular tachycardia-like electrocardiographic artifacts. Tarkin JM, Hadjiloizou N, Kaddoura S, Collinson J. J Electrocardiol. 2010 Nov-Dec;43(6):691-3.

Management of Tako-tsubo syndrome. Tarkin JM, Khetyar M, Kaski JC. Cardiovasc Drugs Ther. 2008 Feb;22(1):71-7.

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