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Marzia Rigolli


Clinical Research Fellow & DPhil Student

  • DPhil Student in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Clinical Research Fellow
  • Multi-modality Imaging Cardiologist

My doctoral research examines symptoms in heart valve diseases and the discrimination between cardiovascular and respiratory causes of breathlessness. Exertional breathlessness and exercise intolerance are common symptoms of cardiovascular diseases. In heart valve diseases, optimising the timing of valve replacement is important for improving patient outcomes, but this relies on the accurate assessment of whether symptoms are due to the heart or other co-morbidities. In many patients, uncertainty exists in these evaluations, particularly concerning the cause of the breathlessness. Therefore, discriminating between cardiac and respiratory causes of dyspnoea is critical for their optimal clinical management.

I am a DPhil (PhD) graduate student in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford, working under the supervision of Prof Saul Myerson and Prof Mona Bafadhel. I am also currently working as a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR), directed by Prof. Stefan Neubauer.

My specialist area is cardiovascular imaging, and I have undertaken multi-modality imaging fellowships in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and Coronary Computed Tomography in Auckland, New Zealand (2014) and Oxford, United Kingdom (2015). My Medical Degree (2008) and the completion of my Cardiology Specialist training (2014) were both awarded with first class honours at the University of Verona, Italy.