Dirk Mayer, MD
Dr. Mayer is an associate professor of Diagnostic Radiation and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Director of Metabolic Imaging in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. His research focuses on the development of MRI-based imaging techniques for the noninvasive investigation of metabolic processes under both normal and pathologic conditions that can be applied in preclinical and clinical settings. In particular, his research interests have centered on the use of dynamic nuclear polarization to increase the MR signal of metabolically active, 13C-labeled compounds for in vivo metabolic imaging. Specific areas of research include optimized acquisition and reconstruction techniques, kinetic modeling for quantitative analysis, and new probe development. He is currently exploring the application in tumor diagnosis and treatment monitoring, and in the study of cardiovascular and liver pathologies, inflammatory diseases, and brain metabolism.
Dr. Mayer is a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program within the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Program in Oncology. Experimental Therapeutics researchers collaborate with both basic and clinical research investigators, focusing on the rapid transfer of knowledge from the laboratory to the clinic. Dr. Mayer and his collaborators develop imaging techniques for cancer diagnosis, treatment monitoring, and prediction of response to therapy.
Dr. Mayer’s Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/40480404/?sort=date&direction=descending