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Jason Tarkin is a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist with an imaging sub-specialty at the University of Cambridge. He has also been appointed as a Junior Research Fellow at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and is an elected member of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging committee.

Jason was awarded summa cum laude with honors in Biology from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, and graduated with Distinction in Medicine from St. George's, University of London in 2008. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2017, where he studied at Gonville and Caius College. For his Wellcome Trust-funded doctoral research on molecular imaging of inflammation and atherosclerotic plaque biology, Jason won both the American Heart Association Melvin Judkin’s Young Investigator Award in 2016 and the American College of Cardiology William W. Parmley Young Author Achievement Award in 2018.

His cardiology training was at the Barts Heart Centre, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and Hammersmith Hospital, where he was also an NIHR Clinical Lecturer at the National Heart & Lung Institute.

His current research programme aims to examine potential clinical translational applications of somatostatin receptor PET/MRI as a marker of inflammation for studying disease mechanisms, use in drug discovery and guiding novel therapies in high-risk patients with cardiovascular disease and large vessel vasculitis.

In addition, he is a member of the British Heart Foundation Clinical Research Collaborative Steering Committee, the UK CARDIO-IMID Network Steering Committee, and the Editorial Board for Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging.


Key publications: 

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Tarkin JM, Wall C, Gopalan D, Luigi Aloj, Martin R Bennett, Eric O Aboagye, James E Peters, Rudd JHF, Mason JC. Novel approach to imaging active Takayasu arteritis using somatostatin receptor PET/MRI. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging 2020;13(6):e010389.

Chowdhury MM, Tarkin JM, Albaghdadi MS, Evans NR, Le EPV, Berrett TB, Sadat U, Joshi FR, Warburton EA, Buscombe JR, Hayes PD, Dweck MR, Newby DE, Rudd JHFR, Coughlin PA. Vascular positron emission tomography and restenosis in symptomatic peripheral arterial disease: a prospective clinical study, J Am Coll Cardiol Imaging 2020;13(4):1008-1017.

Evans NR, Tarkin JM, Chowdhury MM, Le EPV, Coughlin PA, Rudd JHF, Warburton EA. Dual-tracer PET for identification of culprit carotid plaques and pathophysiology in vivo. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging 2020;13(3):e009539.

Tarkin JM, Corovic AC, Wall C, Gopalan D. PET imaging in Cardiovascular Disease. Heart 2020;  [Online ahead of print] doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2019-315183

Tarkin JM, Cole GD, Gopalan D, Rashpal F, McAdoo SP, Mason JC, Peters NS, Pusey CD, Varnava A. Multimodal imaging of granulomatosis with polyangiitis aortitis complicated by severe aortic regurgitation and complete heart block. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging 2020;13(2):e009879.

Tarkin JM, Gopalan D, Mason JC. A woman in her 20s with chest pain and arm claudication. JAMA Cardiology 2020;[Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2019.5447.

Joshi NV, Elkhawad M, Forsythe RO, McBride OMB, Rajani NK, Tarkin JM, Chowdhury MM, Donoghue E, Robson JMJ, Boyle J, Fryer TD, Huang Y, Teng Z, Dweck MR, Tawakol A, Gillard JH, Coughlin PA, Wilkinson IB, Newby DE, Rudd JHF. Greater aortic inflammation and calcification in abdominal aortic aneurysms than atherosclerosis. Open Heart 2020;7(1):e001141.

Tarkin JM, Calcagno C, Dweck MR, Evans NR, Chowdhury MM, Gopalan D, Newby DE, Fayad ZA, Bennett MR, Rudd JHF. 68Ga-DOTATATE PET identifies residual myocardial inflammation and bone marrow activation after myocardial infarction. J Am Coll Cardiol 2019;73(19):2489-2491.

Tarkin JM, Mason JC, Fayad ZA. Imaging at the inter-face of inflammation and angiogenesis by 18F-fluciclatide PET. Heart 2019;105(24):1845-1847.

Tarkin JM, Dweck MR, Rudd JHF. Imaging as a surrogate marker of drug efficacy in cardiovascular disease. Heart 2019;105(7):567-578.

Tarkin JM, Wolstenholme V, Sheaff M, Westwood M, Manisty C. A rare case of Rosai-Dorfman disease presenting with cardiac tamponade. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2019;20(6):718.

Tarkin JM, Kaski JC. Trimetazedine: Is there a role beyond angina? EHJ Cardiovasc Pharmacother 2018;4(2)67-68.

Tarkin JM, Joshi FR, Evans NR, Chowdhury MM, Figg NL, Shah AV, Starks LT, Manavaki R, Martin-Garrido A, Yu E, Kuc RE, Grassi L, Kreuzhuber R, Kostadima M, Frontini M, Ouewhand WH, Groves AM, Gopalan D, Kirkpatrick PJ, Coughlin PA, Buscombe JR, Fryer TD, Bennett MR, Warburton EA, Davenport AP, Rudd JH. Detection of atherosclerotic inflammation by 68Ga-DOTATATE PET compared to 18F-FDG PET imaging J Am Coll Cardiol 2017;69(14):1774-91.

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

Evans NR, Tarkin JM, Buscombe JR, Markus HS, Rudd JHF, Warburton EA. Metabolic Imaging of the Neurovascular Interface in Cerebrovascular Disease. Nat Rev Neurol 2017;13(11):676-688.