Heike Daldrup-Link

Associate Professor of Radiology (General Radiology)
Bio:   Heike Elisabeth Daldrup-Link is a clinician-scientist in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University with subspecialisation in pediatric radiology, pediatric oncology imaging, and molecular imaging. Dr. Daldrup-Link trained at the University of Münster and the Technical University of Munich, Germany. She worked as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco from 2003 to 2010, before joining Stanford Radiology in 2010. Her research interest focuses on the intersection of cell biology, nanomedicine, and medical imaging to develop novel platforms for detection and in vivo tracking of stem cells, immune cells, and cancer cells. Several of Dr. Daldrup-Link's novel, patented technologies for cancer imaging and stem cell imaging have been successfully translated from her basic science laboratory to clinical imaging applications:
Dr. Daldrup-Link developed several novel concepts for oncology imaging, such as tumor characterization through the EPR effect (US6009342-A), MR imaging of tumor associated macrophages with iron oxide nanoparticles (Clin Ca Res 2011), image-guided cancer therapy without side effects through tumor-enzyme activatable theranostic nanoparticles (Small 2014) and radiation-free whole body staging of children with cancer (Lancet Oncology 2014). Dr. Daldrup-Link’s cellular imaging studies also yielded several new and patented ideas for in vivo imaging of stem cell transplants establishing immediately clinically applicable technologies for: in vivo stem cell tracking with FDA-approved nanoparticles (US14/161,315), in vivo imaging of stem cell rejection processes with immune-cell targeted tracers, and MRI-detection of stem cell apoptosis with enzyme-activatable contrast agents (ACS Nano 2015). Over the past 10 years, Dr. Daldrup-Link's team has received 64 honors and awards for innovative cellular imaging research.

Imaging Clinic (Radiology)

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Schwabing Children's Hospital Kinderklinkik Schwabing (2003) Germany
  • Residency: Technical University of Munich (2001) Germany
  • Residency: University of Munster Medical School (2000) Germany
  • Fellowship: UCSF Department/Division of Radiology (1997) CA
  • Internship: University of Munster Medical School (1995) Germany
  • Medical Education: University of Munster Medical School (1993) Germany

Honors & Awards

  • Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) (2015)
  • Jorge Barrio Plenary Lecture for Advances in Clinical Research on Stem Cell Imaging, World Molecular Imaging Congress (2014)
  • Research featured on the cover of the March issue, Small (2014)
  • Harvey White Memorial Lecture, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago (2013)
  • R.O.S.E. Award (Recognition of Service Excellence), Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University (2012)
  • Distinguished Investigator Award, Academy of Radiology Research (2012)
  • Berdon Award for the best basic science paper, published in Pediatric Radiology in 2011, Society for Pediatric Radiology (2012)
  • Research featured on the cover of the September issue, Clinical Cancer Research (2011)
  • Author of the 10th and 17th most cited articles (out of 1,100 articles), Journal of Visualized Experiments (2011)
  • Distinguished Reviewer, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2011)
  • Editor's recognition award with special distinction for reviews for the journal Radiology, Radiology Editorial Board (2011)
  • Editor's recognition award with special distinction for reviews for the journal Radiology, Radiology Editorial Board (2010)
  • Chairperson, Imaging Subcommittee, Cancer Chemistry Section, AACR Annual Meeting Committee, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) (2010)
  • Berdon Award for the best basic science paper, published in Pediatric Radiology in 2008, Society for Pediatric Radiology (2009)
  • Caffey Award for Basic Sciences, Society for Pediatric Radiology (2007)
  • New Investigators Award, American Association of University Radiologists (AUR) (2006)
  • Innovation in Science Award for Research on Targeted MR Contrast Agents, University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) (2005)
  • Roentgen Award for research on "New Molecular Imaging Techniques for Bone Marrow Imaging", Roentgen Society (2005)
  • Stipend for International Young Academics, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) (2002)
  • Coolidge Award for Research on Macromolecular MR Contrast Agents, Roentgen Society, Award sponsored by GE Medical Systems (2000)
  • Caffey Award for Basic Sciences, Society for Pediatric Radiology (1997)

Administrative Appointments

  • Co-Chair (with S. Voss, Boston Childrens Hospital), ACR Committee on Pediatric Imaging Research, American College of Radiology (2013 - Present)
  • Category Chair for “Stem Cell and Immune Cell Tracking", WMIC, World Molecular Imaging Congress (2012 - 2014)
  • Associate Editor/Contrast Media, Radiology (2011 - Present)
  • NIH Study Section Member, Cancer Immunopathology and Immunotherapy Study Section (CII) (2010 - 2016)
  • Elected Member, Board of Directors of the SPR, Society for Pediatric Radiology (2010 - 2013)
  • Member, SPR Bylaws Committee, Society for Pediatric Radiology (2012 - 2013)
  • Deputy Editor, Academic Radiology (2010 - Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Pediatric Radiology (2007 - Present)
  • Member, Childrens Oncology Group (2004 - Present)

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