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Chen, John, MD, PhD

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Phone: 617-643-7071
Email: jwchen@mgh.harvard.edu

Research

Dr. Chen is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Attending Clinician (Neuroradiology) at MGH. Dr. Chen is a graduate of the University of Illinois (MD, PhD in physical chemistry) and completed his radiology residency at MGH in 2004 and neuroradiology fellowship also at MGH in 2005. He has won multiple awards including the MGH Wyman Award, RSNA and Dana Foundation Awards, as well as grants from the NIH and DoD. He is the director of the newly established Institute for Innovation in Imaging at MGH. Dr. Chen's laboratory performs basic and translational studies to better understand neuroinflammation. In particular, the laboratory investigates the roles of molecular pathways and innate immune processes related to activated microglia in important neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis. A key aspect of the research is in deciphering complex in vivo biology by using innovative molecular imaging technologies, targeted molecular treatments, advanced experimental models as well as human trials. Ultimately Dr. Chen hopes to advance the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases by developing novel imaging and treatment strategies.

Selected Publications (from total of 51)

Forghani R, Wojtkiewicz GR, Zhang Y, Seeburg D, Bautz BR, Pulli B, Milewski AR, Atkinson WL, Iwamoto Y, Zhang ER, Etzrodt M, Rodriguez E, Robbins CS, Swirski FK, Weissleder R, Chen JW
Demyelinating Diseases: Myeloperoxidase as an Imaging Biomarker and Therapeutic Target.
Radiology. 2012;263(2):451-60 - PMID: 22438365 - PMCID: PMC3329272
Atkinson W*, Forghani R*, Wojtkiewicz GR, Pulli B, Iwamoto Y, Ueno T, Waterman P, Truelove J, Oklu R, Chen JW
Ligation of the Jugular Veins Does Not Result in Brain Inflammation or Demyelination in Mice
PLoS ONE. 2012;7(3):e33671 - PMID: 22457780 - PMCID: PMC3310075
Su HS, Nahrendorf M, Panizzi PR, Breckwoldt MO, Rodriguez E, Iwamoto Y, Aikawa E, Weissleder R, Chen JW
Vasculitis: Molecular Imaging by Targeting the Inflammatory Enzyme Myeloperoxidase.
Radiology. 2012;262(1):181-90 - PMID: 22084204 - PMCID: PMC3244672
Rodriguez E, Nilges M, Weissleder R, Chen JW
Activatable magnetic resonance imaging agents for myeloperoxidase sensing: mechanism of activation, stability, and toxicity.
J Am Chem Soc. 2010;132(1):168-77 - PMID: 19968300 - PMCID: PMC2802665
Ronald JA*, Chen JW*, Chen Y, Hamilton AM, Rodriguez E, Reynolds F, Hegele RA, Rogers KA, Querol M, Bogdanov A, Weissleder R, Rutt BK
Enzyme-Sensitive Magnetic Resonance Imaging Targeting Myeloperoxidase Identifies Active Inflammation in Experimental Rabbit Atherosclerotic Plaques.
Circulation. 2009;120(7):592-9 - PMID: 19652086 - PMCID: PMC2736635
McCann CM, Waterman P, Figueiredo JL, Aikawa E, Weissleder R, Chen JW
Combined magnetic resonance and fluorescence imaging of the living mouse brain reveals glioma response to chemotherapy.
Neuroimage. 2009;45(2):360-9 - PMID: 19154791 - PMCID: PMC2707831
Breckwoldt M*, Chen JW*, Stangenberg L, Aikawa E, Rodriguez E, Qiu S, Moskowitz M, Weissleder R
Tracking the Inflammatory Response in Stroke in Vivo by Sensing the Enzyme Myeloperoxidase
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008;105 (47):18584-18589 - PMID: 19011099 - PMCID: PMC2587593
Chen JW, Breckwoldt MO, Aikawa E, Chiang G, Weissleder R
Myeloperoxidase-targeted imaging of active inflammatory lesions in murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.
Brain. 2008;131(Pt 4):1123-33 - PMID: 18234693 - PMCID: PMC4044727
Chen JW, Querol Sans M, Bogdanov Jr A, Weissleder R
Imaging of myeloperoxidase in mice by using novel amplifiable paramagnetic substrates
Radiology. 2006;240 (2):473-81 - PMID: 16864673
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