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Speaker - Marianna Fontana
Royal Free Hospital, London, UK

Marianna Fontana, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, is Professor of Cardiology and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Free Hospital, University College London, where she is Director of the UCL Cardiac MRI unit, deputy Head of Centre for Amyloidosis and deputy clinical lead of the National Amyloidosis Centre.


Prof. Fontana obtained her M.D. and qualifications as a cardiologist at the University of Pisa in 2011. In 2012 she obtained a BHF Clinical Research Training Fellowship to undertake a Ph.D. at UCL which focused on CMR in cardiac amyloidosis. In 2015 she became Senior Lecturer at UCL, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and Director of the UCL CMR unit at the Royal Free Hospital, which she founded. In 2018 she was awarded an Intermediate Clinical Fellowship by the BHF. She was appointed deputy Head of Centre for Amyloidosis and Acute Phase Proteins and deputy clinical lead of the National Amyloidosis Centre in 2019. She took up the chair of Cardiology at UCL in 2020.


Prof. Fontana’s major clinical and research interests are in the delivery of efficient and effective care for patients with amyloidosis, with a particular focus on new technologies: Imaging and drugs. She lectures widely in the UK and internationally on amyloidosis and organises many multi-professional educational events. She is on the board of trustees of SCMR and chair of the Education Committee for the society. She advises industry at all stages in the lifecycle of innovative products that can help improve the life-expectancy and quality of life of patients with amyloidosis. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Michael Davies Early Career Award in 2021 and the BHF Fellow of the year award in 2022. She has co-authored 217 peer reviewed publications with >13700 citations (h-index 64).