Professor wins prize with ziektevoorspellend system

Jul

8

2015

Professor Niessen of Erasmus MC and TU Delft for his work on a computer that diseases can predict the Simon Stevin Master prize for scientific and technological research.

The Simon Stevin Meester prize is the largest award for technical and scientific research in the Netherlands. Winners of the prize receive half a million euros which they can spend on further research of their choice. Niessen is stabbing the amount of money in the further development of this system enables the Foundation for Technical Sciences, which awards the prize.

Niessen The system of Niessen is based on the analysis of tens of thousands of MRI and CT scans of both healthy and sick people. This can bring the system to map disease patterns that go even beyond to the trained eye of a real doctor. In this way, the system could not only diagnose, but eventually also projections, depending on how far in advance to detect the signals of a disorder in the human body. It would therefore also contribute to the prevention of unnecessary treatments by physicians.

Niessen currently focuses on cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders. According to Niessen there is evidence that Alzheimer’s disease for example, 10 to 15 years before the disease actually occurs, can already be detected. “But you could just one year before an accurate diagnosis than what is now possible, which still offers tremendous benefits.” When Niessen’s system could be used in practice, is not known.

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