University of Minnesota’s Prof. Garwood has advanced ways to non-invasively diagnose cancer and monitor response to cancer treatment therapies. His research identifies a more effective way to measure biochemical changes in tumours. This allows radiologists to more accurately distinguish between benign and malignant tumors, thus reducing the need for invasive, unneeded biopsies. Garwood is also distinguished for his contributions in advancing magnetic resonance (MR) technology through MR pulse design and frequency modulated radiofrequency (RF) pulses.

“I am so honoured to get this award. For me, the ISMRM Gold Medal is second best only to the Nobel Prize,” said Garwood, the second Gold Medal winner from the University of Minnesota. During his acceptance speech in Berlin, Garwood thanked his colleague, Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D., who won the Gold Medal in 1996.

“It is truly wonderful for the University of Minnesota that we now have two Gold Medalists at our Center for Magnetic Resonance Research; it is a tribute to the outstanding work that is done there,” said Deborah E. Powell, M.D., dean of the Medical School. “Dr. Garwood richly deserves this award.”

A 1985 doctoral graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Garwood received postdoctoral training at the University of California and at the University of Minnesota. He has published numerous articles on magnetic resonance imaging as it pertains to predicting chemotherapy effectiveness, monitoring the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and improving the accuracy of cancer diagnosis, among other areas.

The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine is the foremost international, nonprofit, professional association devoted to furthering the development and application of magnetic resonance techniques in medicine and biology.; Source: University of Minnesota