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Bengel, Frank

Bengel, Frank, Prof. Dr. med.

Head of Department

Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hannover Medical School

Biography / About

Date of Birth:August, 1969
Function:Department Chair


1988 - 1995Studies of Medicine, Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) of Erlangen-Nürnberg
1996Doctor of Medicine, FAU
1995 - 2000Clinical Resident/Fellow, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich

Academic appointments and Research posts:

2000 - 2005Attending Physician and Lecturer, Nuclear Medicine, Technical University of Munich
2005 - 2010Associate Professor of Radiology and Medicine, Director of Cardiovascular Nuclear Imaging, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
2011 - 2016Adjunct (APL) Associate Professor of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Since 2011Full (W3) Professor and Director, Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Hannover Medical School (MHH)

Other professional activities:

Since 2004Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Since 2004Editorial Board Member, European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Since 2004Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nuclear Cardiology
2004 - 2008Chairman, Cardiovascular Committee, European Association of Nuclear Medicine
2006 - 2010Chairman, Working Group of Nuclear Cardiology, German Society of Cardiology
Since 2007Editorial Board Member, JACC Cardiovascular Imaging
Since 2008Editorial Board Member, Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging
2009 - 2010President, Cardiovascular Council, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Since 2010Associate Editor, Nuklearmedizin
2011 - 2015Editorial Board Member, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Since 2013Associate Editor, European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Imaging
Since 2016Associate Editor, Journal of Nuclear Medicine

Awards and Prizes:

04/2002Tyco Healthcare Research Award and Brahms Research Award of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine
06/2011 Hermann Blumgart Award of the Society of Nuclear Medicine
03/2013Simon Dack Award of the American College of Cardiology
09/2014 Zaret/Beller Distinguished Service Award of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Major research interests:

  • Noninvasive multimodality imaging of biologic mechanisms (focus on cardiovascular disease)
  • Development of novel molecular probes for radionuclide imaging of cellular and subcellular events

Selected Publications:

  1. Stapel B, Kohlhaas M, Ricke-Hoch M, Haghikia A, Erschow S, Knuuti J, Silvola JM, Roivainen A, Saraste A, Nickel AG, Saar JA, Sieve I, Pietzsch S, Müller M, Bogeski I, Kappl R, Jauhiainen M, Thackeray JT, Scherr M, Bengel FM, Hagl C, Tudorache I, Bauersachs J, Maack C, Hilfiker-Kleiner D. Low STAT3 expression sensitizes to toxic effects of β-adrenergic receptor stimulation in peripartum cardiomyopathy. Eur Heart J. 2017 Feb 1;38(5):349-361
  2. Caobelli F, Wollenweber T, Bavendiek U, Kühn C, Schütze C, Geworski L, Thackeray JT, Bauersachs J, Haverich A, Bengel FM. Simultaneous dual isotope solid-state detector SPECT for improved tracking of white blood cells in suspected endocarditis. Eur Heart J. 2016, Jul 28. Pii: ehw231. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Thackeray JT, Bankstahl JP, Wang Y, Wollert K, Bengel FM. Targeting Amino Acid Metabolism for Molecular Imaging of Inflammation Early After Myocardial Infarction. Theranostics. 2016; 6: 1768-79
  4. Thackeray JT, Derlin T, Haghikia A, Napp LC, Wang Y, Ross TL, Schäfer A, Tillmanns J, Wester HJ, Wollert KC, Bauersachs J, Bengel FM. Molecular Imaging of the Chemokine Receptor CXCR4 After Acute Myocardial Infarction. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015;8:1417-26
  5. Wollenweber T, Roentgen P, Schäfer A, Schatka I, Zwadlo C, Brunkhorst T, Berding G, Bauersachs J, Bengel FM. Characterizing the inflammatory tissue response to acute myocardial infarction by clinical multimodality noninvasive imaging. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014;7:811-8
  6. Schatka I, Wollenweber T, Haense C, Brunz F, Gratz KF, Bengel FM. Peptide receptor-targeted radionuclide therapy alters inflammation in atherosclerotic plaques. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013;62:2344-5
  7. Fukushima K, Bravo PE, Higuchi T, Schuleri KH, Lin X, Abraham MR, Xia J, Mathews WB, Dannals RF, Lardo AC, Szabo Z, Bengel FM. Molecular hybrid positron emission tomography/computed tomography imaging of cardiac angiotensin II type 1 receptors. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012;60:2527-34
  8. Terrovitis J, Lautamäki R, Bonios M, Fox J, Engles JM, Yu J, Leppo MK, Pomper M, Wahl RL, Seidel J, Tsui BM, Bengel FM, Abraham MR, Marbán E. Noninvasive quantification and optimization of acute cell retention by in vivo positron emission tomography after intramyocardial cardiac-derived stem cell delivery. J Am Coll Cardiol 2009;54:1619-26
  9. Bengel FM, Higuchi T, Javadi M, Lautamäki R. Cardiac positron emission tomography. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009; 54: 1-15
  10. Sasano T, Abraham MR, Chang KC, Ashikaga H, Mills KJ, Holt DP, Hilton J, Nekolla SG, Dong J, Lardo A, Halperin H, Dannals RF, Marban E, Bengel FM. Sympathetic Dysinnervation of Viable Myocardium and the Substrate of Ventricular Tachycardia after Myocardial Infarction. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008;51:2266-75

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