- Prof. Klaas Bom – Cardiovascular imaging: how it all started
Nicolaas ( Klaas) Bom was born in 1937 in Velsen, The Netherlands and received his degree in electrical engineering from the Delft Technical University with a thesis on electromagnetic wave propagation. He became naval officer and subsequently worked for 6 years on SONAR research in Italy where after he moved in 1968 to the cardiology department at the Erasmus University Rotterdam starting diagnostic echo research. He obtained his PhD. with work on echocardiography in 1972 and became head of bioengineering of the Thoraxcenter in Rotterdam.In diagnostic ultrasound, he developed the first phased array catheter and the first linear array. This started worldwide electronic cross-sectional real time imaging in 1972 with linear array transducers. He developed a portable echo machine as early as 1976. His research group became well known in echo contrast, intravascular echo catheters and many other aspects of diagnostic ultrasound. For 10 years he was also part-time (co) director of the Inter University Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands.Nicolaas Bom has won many distinctions and honours including an honorary doctorate at Lund University in Sweden. He (co) authored over 350 scientific papers and retired 1 January 2003.
- Prof. Olivier Couture – Super resolution imaging
Olivier Couture was born in Quebec City (Canada) in 1978. He received his B.Sc degree in physics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 2001, and his Ph.D degree from the department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Canada, in 2007. After a postdoctoral fellowship at ESPCI in Paris (France), he was hired as a tenured research associate at CNRS, based within the Langevin Institute. His current research interests include ultrasound localization microscopy, ultrafast ultrasound imaging, drug delivery, contrast agents, microfluidics, molecular imaging and Rayleigh waves in swimming pools.
- Prof. Lihong Wang – Photoacoustic Tomography: Ultrasonically Beating Optical Diffusion and Diffraction
Lihong Wang holds the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professorship of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. His book entitled “Biomedical Optics: Principles and Imaging,” one of the first textbooks in the field, won the 2010 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award. He edited the first book on photoacoustic tomography. Professor Wang has published 435 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered 430 keynote, plenary, or invited talks. His Google Scholar h-index and citations have reached 100 and 40,000, respectively. His laboratory was the first to report functional photoacoustic tomography, 3D photoacoustic microscopy, photoacoustic endoscopy, photoacoustic reporter gene imaging, the photoacoustic Doppler effect, and the universal photoacoustic reconstruction algorithm. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Optics. He chairs the annual conference on Photons plus Ultrasound. He received NIH’s FIRST, NSF’s CAREER, NIH Director’s Pioneer, and NIH Director’s Transformative Research awards. He also received the OSA C.E.K. Mees Medal, IEEE Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award, SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award, and Senior Prize of the International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association for “seminal contributions to photoacoustic tomography and Monte Carlo modeling of photon transport in biological tissues.” An honorary doctorate was conferred on him by Lund University, Sweden. His lab is transitioning to Caltech.
- Prof. Christian Pavlovich, MD – Experiences with high frequency as applied to the human prostate
Dr Pavlovich joined the Johns Hopkins staff in 2001 after completing a Urologic Oncology fellowship at the NCI. His practice has since been dedicated to the treatment of prostate, kidney and bladder cancer, as well as to the treatment of benign prostatic diseases using the latest robotic and minimally invasive techniques.Dr. Pavlovich’s research has been funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, industry, and through institutional grants. He continues to work on early detection and risk stratification of prostate and kidney cancer using novel noninvasive urinary, blood, and imaging methods. He is currently PI of a large multi-institutional trial of transrectal micro-ultrasound for prostate cancer detection, as well as site PI for an NCI-sponsored prostate cancer vaccine trial for men on active surveillance for their low risk disease.
- Prof. Ton van der Steen – Intravascular Imaging: the level playing field for clinics and companies
Ton van der Steen is the head of Biomedical Engineering of the Thorax Centre, Erasmus MC. He is also professor in Applied Physics at the Technical University Delft and honorary visiting professor to the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technologies. He has a career long experience in getting medical technology to the clinic and to companies. He is NWO PIONIER and Simon Stevin Meester. He is a member of the Netherlands Academy of Engineering (AcTI) and a member of the Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He is Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. Since September 2014 he is the Chairman of the board of the Dutch Technology foundation and of the NWO technical sciences. He was the IEEE UFFC Distinguished lecturer 2011-2012.