Speaker Profiles

Wiro NiessenWiro Niessen is a Professor in Biomedical Image Analysis at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, and at Delft University of Technology. He is leading the Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam of the Departments of Radiology and Medical Informatics. Wiro Niessen is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and Elsevier’s Medical Image Analysis. He is Director of EIBIR’s Biomedical Image Analysis Platform. His main research interests are in quantitative image analysis for early and differential diagnosis of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease, in molecular imaging, and image guided interventions.


Christian Barillot

Christian Barillot is a Professor at IRISA (Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires), where he is the scientific leader of the VisAGeS U746 research unit and the Director of the Neurinfo imaging platform. Since 2010 he has been a member of the scientific committee of the CNRS INS2I institute.

His research interests concern the processing of multidimensional images applied to medicine including the aspects of medical image analysis, integration and fusion of medical images and their applications in brain pathologies. He has been a collaborator and principal investigator on more than 20 national and international grants with institutions such as the NIH, HFSPO, the French Ministry of Research, ANR, the Region Bretagne, CNRS and INRIA. He is a (co-) author of nearly 200 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and has participated in the filing of 12 patents and software development.


Nick FoxNick Fox is a Professor of Neurologyat the Institute of Neurology, Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL, London. His research interests are focussed on the early detection, differential diagnosis and monitoring of progression in cognitive disorders and neurodegenerative dementias in particular. His particular interest within this broad grouping has been in the use of MRI to improve diagnosis and to measure progression in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. He has been involved in the use of automated measures of cerebral atrophy derived from serial MRI to assess treatment efficacy and disease-modifying potential of novel therapies. He also has a particular interest in the familial dementias and the use of biomarkers and clinical and cognitive measures to assess the earliest manifestations of autosomal dominant dementias, both Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal lobar degenerations.


Xavier GolayXavier Golay is a Professor of Neurophysics and Translational Neuroscience, and he is currently the Head of the Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation at the UCL Institute of Neurology. He received his PhD on Functional MRI at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETHZ), where he worked as a research assistant in the group of Professor Peter Boesiger. His research interests include the development of MRI as a translational tool for neurological diseases, aiming at measuring identical image-based biomarkers from mouse to human, and from the laboratory to the clinical settings. Dr Golay has served on many committees of the ISMRM and ESMRMB and he is the European’s current President Elect. He is author on more than 100 journal articles and a member of the Editorial Board of NMR in Biomedicine and Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics Biology and Medicine.


Roger GunnRoger Gunn is Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Analysis at Imanova, a joint venture between the 3 London Universities (Imperial, Kings and University College) and the UK Medical Research Council established to provide imaging for London academia and international pharmaceutical companies. He is also Professor of Molecular Neuroimaging in the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London and he holds a Visiting Professorship in the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University.

He has a background in applied mathematics and his research focuses on the application of positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies to the study of pathophysiology and drug development in humans. A particular focus is the development of molecular PET probes to image targets in the brain – this includes the discovery and validation of the novel probes themselves, the associated development of quantitative analysis methods and the application of these tools in clinical studies exploring disease processes and their treatment.


Alexander HammersAlexander Hammers, a Neurologist, holds the Chair of Excellence in Functional Neuroimaging at the Neurodis Foundation in Lyon, France, since July 2009. He is a Visiting/Honorary Reader at Imperial College London and the Institute of Neurology, UCL, London. His clinical subspecialty is Epilepsy. He studied and undertook postgraduate training in Germany, France and Britain. He holds an MD from the RWTH Aachen, Germany for MR imaging of the hippocampus and a PhD from the University of London for PET investigations in focal epilepsy.

His research area is medical imaging, in particular functional neuroimaging with quantified PET, and structural neuroimaging using MRI and anatomical segmentation using a large manually annotated brain atlas database which his group has created over the past decade. The main areas of application are the epilepsies and, more recently, neurodegenerative diseases. The ultimate goal is to benefit individual patients through the clinical application of neuroscience.

He is affiliated with several professional organisations, has won several distinctions, teaches regularly, and reviews frequently for numerous journals and grant-giving bodies. He is an author on more than 150 articles and conference proceedings, yielding an h index of 31.


Sebastien OurselinSebastien Ourselin is the Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC). He leads the translational imaging research programme between CMIC and the UCL Institute of Neurology, and in collaboration with Professor Nick Fox established a new imaging unit at Queen Square to deliver novel imaging biomarkers for clinical trials. He is also an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Image Analysis. He has been a MICCAI Board Member since 2008, and was elected Executive Secretary of the MICCAI Society (2009-2012).

His main research interests include image registration, segmentation, molecular imaging, atlas conception, statistical shape modelling, surgical simulation, image-guided therapy and minimally invasive surgery. He has been involved in a broad range of clinical projects, including neuroimaging, neurosurgery, computer-assisted cardiovascular surgery, radiotherapy treatment, colonoscopy, and orthopaedic imaging. His research is often collaborative, involving clinical and commercial partners.


Daniel RueckertDaniel Rueckert is a Professor of Visual Information Processing in the Department of Computing, Imperial College London. He has founded and leads the Biomedical Image Analysis Group (BioMedIA), which currently has 9 post-docs and 18 PhD students. He has pioneered the development of non-rigid registration algorithms for the compensation of tissue motion and deformation. The developed registration techniques have been successfully used for the non-rigid registration of various anatomical structures, including in the breast, liver, heart and brain. Much of the research has been extensively disseminated to the academic community (further details) and is currently commercialised by a spin-off company, IXICO. Currently, he leads the development of image analysis tools for neonatal and fetal imaging (further details). He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed publications. He is an associate editor of IEEE Trans on Med Imaging (TMI) and a member of the editorial board of Medical Image Analysis and Image and Vision Computing. He has served as a member of organising and programme committees at numerous conferences, e.g. he has been General Co-chair of MMBIA 2006 and Programme Co-Chair of MICCAI 2009, ISBI 2012 and WBIR 2012.


Julia SchnabelJulia A. Schnabel is a University Lecturer in Engineering Science (Medical Imaging) at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow in Engineering at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her research area is in (bio)medical image analysis, in particular nonlinear image registration and motion tracking, image segmentation, validation methodology, and complex physiological motion analysis. Some clinical applications she is currently interested in are cancer imaging, neurodevelopment, and neurodegenerative diseases. Julia has published over 140 international journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers, is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, on the Editorial Board of Medical Image Analysis, ad hoc Associate Editor for Medical Physics, and on the programme committees for most internationally leading medical imaging conferences.


Aad van der LugtAad van der Lugt is a professor of Neuroradiology and Head/Neck Radiology at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. He is leading the neuroradiological research programme, which is focused on neurovascular, neurodegenerative and neuro-oncological diseases. His research has been focused on vascular imaging (CTA/MRA) with emphasis on the visualisation of atherosclerotic disease in the carotid artery with ultrasound, CT and MRI. The main goal is to find imaging parameters, which are related to increased risk of ischemic stroke. More recently, his research work has also focused on functional MRI and imaging biomarkers in large population-based studies. He was responsible for the imaging infrastructure in the “Rotterdam Study”, a prospective population based cohort study aimed at investigating determinants of chronic and disabling diseases in the elderly. Both neurovascular and neurodegenerative disorders are key topics in this study.

He is involved in the Euro-BioImaging project (an EU project on the ESFRI roadmap) and within this project responsible for the European population imaging infrastructure. The main goal is to build an imaging infrastructure for epidemiological studies, which will provide not only the technical equipment but also data-acquisition, data storage, image analysis and data analysis. The uniform data-acquisition, image archiving and analysis infrastructure will enable to cross-link the population imaging studies in different research centers. He is author on more than 180 journal articles.