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Dr. Andrew Fagan

Adjunct Associate Professor (School Office - Medicine)


Adjunct Associate Professor (School Office - Physics)

I have been actively involved in research since 1991, initially in the field of solid state physics (spintronics and nanomagnetics) and since 1995 in medical imaging physics. My main areas of interest lie in the development of novel nuclear magnetic resonance imaging techniques, including both hardware developments (e.g. radiofrequency coil design for Sodium-MRI, novel system design for imaging rigid biological materials) and devising new imaging pulse sequences. I also have an active program of research in diagnostic ultrasound imaging. I have extensive experience of pre-clinical imaging research from working in neuroscience institutes in the Universities of Glasgow and Dublin (I set-up the only Irish-based 7T MRI facility in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience in 2005). My current role as Director of Imaging Physics in the Centre for Advanced Medical Imaging (CAMI), St. James's Hospital, is providing scientific support to clinical research studies spanning neuroscience, oncology and cardiovascular specialities, in particular developing quantitative approaches using novel MRI and ultrasound techniques.

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Institute of Physics (IoP), UK 1988 present
Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine 1995 present
Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), UK - Fellow 1996 present
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), USA 2004 present
British Chapter ISMRM 2008
Knight SP, Browne JE, Meaney JF, Smith DS, Fagan AJ, A novel anthropomorphic flow phantom for the quantitative evaluation of prostate DCE-MRI acquisition techniques, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 61, 2016, p7468 - 7483, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Ivers JH, Fitzgerald J, Whelan C, Sweeney B, Keenan E, Fagan AJ, Progressive white matter impairment as a predictor of outcome in a cohort of opioid-dependent patient's post-detoxification, Addiction Biology, 2016, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
McCarty H. Stanley J, Piech R, Skokauskas N, Mulligan A, Donohoe G, Mullins D, Kelly J, Johnson K, Fagan A, Gill M, Meaney J, Frodl T, Childhood-Diagnosed ADHD, Symptom Progression, and Reversal Learning in Adulthood, Journal of Attention Disorders, 2016, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Morris M, Frodl T, D'Souza A, Fagan AJ, Ridgway PF, Assessment of surgical skills competence using fMRI: a feasibility study, Journal of Surgical Education, 72, (2), 2015, pePub-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ryan DJ, Kenny RA, Christensen S, Meaney JFM, Fagan AJ, Harbison J, Ischaemic stroke or TIA in older subjects associated with impaired dynamic blood pressure control in the absence of severe large artery stenosis., Age and Ageing, 44, (4), 2015, p655 - 661, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Wetterling F, Gallagher L, Mullin J, Holmes WM, McCabe C, Macrae IM, Fagan AJ, Sodium-23 Magnetic Resonance Imaging has potential for improving penumbra detection but not for estimating stroke onset time, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism , 35, 2015, p103 - 110, Notes: [doi: 10.1038/jcbfm.2014.174, PMID: 25335803], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Moran DC, Marignol L, Fagan AJ, Dunne R, Perry AS, O'Driscoll D, Gaffney E, Lynch TH, Meaney JFM, Hollywood DH, Threshold-based parametric analysis of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging at 3.0 Tesla to identify men with prostate cancer, Adv Mod Oncol Res , 1, (2), 2015, p141 - 150, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Youssofzadeh V, Prasad G, Fagan AJ, Reilly RB, Martens S, Meaney JF, Wong-Lin K, Signal Propagation in the Human Visual Pathways: An Effective Connectivity Analysis., The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 35, (39), 2015, p13501-10 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Wetterling F, McCarthy H, Tozzi L, Skokauskas N, O'Doherty JP, Mulligan A, Meaney JF, Fagan AJ, Gill M, Frodl T, Human Brain Mapping, Impaired reward processing in the human prefrontal cortex distinguishes between persistent and remittent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, 36, 2015, p4648 - 4663, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Whelan CD, Alhusaini S, O'Hanlon E, Cheung M, Iyer PM, Meaney JF, Fagan AJ, Boyle G, Delanty N, Doherty CP, Cavalleri GL, White matter alterations in MRI-negative temporal lobe epilepsy patients and their asymptomatic siblings, Epilepsia, 58, (10), 2015, p1551 - 1561, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Thomas Frodl, Yolande Ferguson, Andrew Fagan, Danusia Lisiecka, Angela Carballedo, Ian Daly, James Meaney & Dermot Kelleher, Microstructural Correlates of Resilience against Major Depressive Disorder: Epigenetic Mechanisms?, 2010, Working Paper, IN_PRESS


Award Date
Elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics UK 2016
Awarded Charted Physicist Status by the Institute of Physics, UK 2000
Awarded to members of my Research Team - Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine Young Investigator Award (Sean Cournane) 2011
Awarded to members of my Research Team - Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine Young Investigator Award (Alan Stone) 2009
Awarded to members of my Research Team - Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine Young Investigator Award (Friedrich Wetterling) 2008
Bursary to attend the "Higher European Research Course for Users of Large Experimental Systems (HERCULES)" , Grenoble and Paris, France, 14th Feb - 25th Mar 1994
Bursary to attend the "Nanophase Materials: NATO Advanced Studies Institute Summer School", Corfu, Greece , 21st June - 4th July 1993
Awarded to members of my Research Team - Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine Young Investigator Award (Aoife Ivory) 2015
Adjunct Professor, DIT 2015
Awarded to members of my Research Team - Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine Young Investigator Award (Silvin Knight) 2014
Adjunct Associate Professor, TCD 2012
Elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, UK (FIPEM designation), 2010
Won the Astra-Zeneca prize, awarded for "outstanding, innovative research with potential utility in medicine or medical research", BC-ISMRM conference, UK 2009
2003 Won the Geoff Hunter Memorial Prize for best work from a young researcher, awarded at the Applied MR Group conference, Institute of Physics, Dundee, UK, 2003
Won a travel bursary from the Applied Magnetic Resonance group within the Institute of Physics (U.K.) to attend a conference in Germany 2002
. Development of specialised high-field MRI techniques for neuroscience applications in rodent models of disease, (e.g. quantitative measures of diffusion and perfusion parameters in ischemic and tumourous tissue). . RF coil development at high field strengths; . Development of X-Nuclei Imaging, in particular sodium MRI in models of stroke and oncology; . Expertise in clinical whole body diffusion imaging, breast cancer imaging, neuro-imaging and whole body MR Angiography