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Professor Jeff Bamber

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Professor Jeffrey Bamber is researching ways to improve the use of ultrasound in spotting tumours. Professor Bamber is past president of the International Association for Breast Ultrasound and past vice-president of the International Society of Skin Imaging. Group: Ultrasound and Optical Imaging
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Jeff Bamber’s medical ultrasound interest began with an MSc developing microthermal measurement of diagnostic ultrasound power, and a PhD on the ultrasonic characterisation of cancer. He went on to:

- Improve understanding of ultrasound image formation and perception

- Invent and evaluate adaptive ultrasound speckle reduction

- Initiate the use of Doppler ultrasound to evaluate tumour response and microbubble kinetics for assessing tumour vasculature

- Create the first elasticity image by palpating with the ultrasound probe

- Invent and commercialise freehand strain elastography

- Reconstruct Young’s modulus from strain images and use it for radiation dosimetry

- Improve brain tumour resection with intraoperative elastography

- Extract fluid permeability from strain images

- Co-invent microbubble-retrovirus targeted gene therapy

- Establish ultrasound and optical methods for skin cancer diagnosis

- Develop novel imaging and tissue tracking for guiding and monitoring high-intensity ultrasound tissue ablation and radiotherapy

- Develop optical coherence shear wave micro-elastography

- Build and clinically evaluate epiphotoacoustography

- Co-invent and evaluate photoacoustic clutter reduction

- Quantify breast density using ultrasound tomography

- Explore novel molecularly targeted theranostic optical and photoacoustic agents

- Contribute to novel preclinical applications of magnetic resonance elastography and photoacoustography

- Demonstrate improved localised drug delivery using Acoustic Cluster Therapy.

Jeff is Deputy Dean (Biomedical Sciences) of the ICR. He has honorary appointments with the Royal Marsden and other hospitals. He greatly values collaborations with colleagues in the medical and biological sciences, to carry out clinical and preclinical studies. 

He is a Member of the ICR’s Board of Trustees, the Institute of Physics, the British Medical Ultrasound Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers and the International Society for Biophysics and Imaging of the Skin

He is vice-president of the IBUS Breast Imaging School, past president of the International Association for Breast Ultrasound and past vice-president of the International Society of Skin Imaging. He has been a visiting scientist at the University of Western Australia, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the Medical Products Group, Hewlett-Packard USA.

Jeff enjoys running, cycling and music (currently playing Tenor horn in The Epsom and Ewell Silver Band, a traditional British brass band).

Professor Bamber is a member of the Cancer Research UK Convergence Science Centre, which brings together leading researchers in engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine to develop innovative ways to address challenges in cancer.

Convergence Science Centre