by Stefanie Rudrich
Marketing Manager (Brain Products)
On July 7, 2016 the “UCL-CNT Early Career Investigator Award in Neuroimaging Techniques 2015” was presented to Dr. Jorge Cardoso at University College London’s (UCL) Center for Neuroimaging Techniques (CNT). This award has been sponsored by Brain Products since it was introduced in 2007 and consists of a trophy, a certificate (signed by UCL President and Provost, Michael Arthur, and UCL-CNT chair, Louis Lemieux) as well as a cheque for £500. Pierluigi Castellone, Brain Products’ Sales Manager, gladly traveled to London (UK) to personally hand the award over to Jorge.
Dr. Jorge Cardoso has been with the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) at UCL for more than 5 years now. He was elected1 as winner of the “UCL-CNT Early Career Investigator Award in Neuroimaging Techniques 2015”, because of two very significant, original and genuinely independent achievements he made: his STEPS and geodesic information flows algorithm (GIF) methods.
STEPS is a technique for structural parcellation of brain images and introduces a novel way to use anatomically informed manual segmentations („template libraries”) to parcellate a new image. Jorge introduced the concept of local morphological similarity into segmentation propagation and label fusion approaches, enabling a marked increase in segmentation accuracy and robustness. STEPS has been shown to provide improvements in automated segmentation accuracy that are comparable to human raters.
For more details on STEPS and GIF, please refer to Dr. Cardoso’s thesis “Automated Morphometric Characterization of the Cerebral Cortex for the Developing and Ageing Brain“. For a deeper insight on Dr. Cardoso’s overall publication record (more than 140 publications in total – 40 articles in journals such as Lancet Neurology, Brain, Neuroimage, IEEE TMI, and Medical Image Analysis and 60 full-length peer reviewed conference papers), check out Research Gate.
On behalf of the Brain Products team, I’d like to congratulate Jorge again on winning the “UCL-CNT Early Career Investigator Award in Neuroimaging Techniques 2015” and wish him all the best for his personal and professional future.
1 Out of the candidates who were put forward, Jorge was elected though voting by the UCL CNT’s executive committee members and one external voter. Each voter was asked to rank the candidates based on standardised statements written by their proposers, and the winner was elected using the single transferrable vote system.