Tobias Schaeffter

Tobias Schaeffter


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Biographical details

Tobias Schaeffter studied electrical engineering in Berlin and did his PhD in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at University Bremen (Prof. Leibfritz). From 1996-2006, he worked as a Principal Scientist at the Philips Research Laboratories in Hamburg (Germany), where he created an internationally recognized research team. He was responsible for the development of new MR-methods and hardware, their clinical evaluation and product integration. During this time he worked also as a part-time lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg.

In April 2006, Professor Schaeffter took up the post as the Philip Harris Professor of Imaging Sciences at King’s College London. A major aim of his current research is the investigation of novel MR-techniques for cardiac, interventional and quantitative MRI. One aspect of his work is the investigation of novel MR-techniques for 4D-acquisitions and motion modelling. In particular, whole-heart MR-acquisitions are investigated to simplify cardiac MRI by reducing the required user interaction during scanning. This technique is also important for creating roadmaps used in image-guided interventions. An important topic is the creation of motion models to correct for respiratory motion. These models have also been applied for motion compensated PET reconstruction using simultaneously acquired PET and MR-data. Another important topic is the development of quantitative MR techniques for diagnosis and for characterisation of treatment effects. Tobias Schaeffter’s research focuses on rapid translation of new methodology into the clinic practice to evaluate benefit for the patient.

Prof. Schaeffter has attracted over £4M in grants over the last 8 years. He teaches in the MSc programme of Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London and has supervised more than 15 PhD students. The results of his work have been published in 123 peer-reviewed papers, 6 book chapters, over 200 conference abstracts and 25 international patents.

Research interests

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) particularly new sequences and reconstruction techniques for

  • Rapid MRI
  • Interventional MRI and Devices
  • Motion Modeling and Motion Compensation in MRI
  • Simultaneously PET/MRI
  • Quantitative MRI
  • Cancer MRI
  • Cardiac MRI

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bremen

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996

Master of Science, Technical University of Berlin

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993


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