From Biomedical Computation to Imaging and Back Again: Lessons Learned and Advances Gained from Two Decades of Research at Thayer

Keith Paulsen, Robert A. Pritzker Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering

Friday, November 14, 2008

Spanos Auditorium

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This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

Advances in computational power and imaging technology that have occurred over the last twenty years have enabled extraordinary opportunities to advance clinical science through the merging of classical engineering modeling methods with conventional (and unconventional) medical imaging methodologies to produce new kinds of information that could serve to improve clinical practice. Activity at Dartmouth involving faculty, students and other personnel within Thayer and elsewhere across the institution has a long history of involvement in this area of research investigation and discovery. This presentation will look back over a number of biomedical computation and imaging developments with roots at Thayer and Dartmouth in order to highlight lessons learned and advances gained through these experiences.

About the Speaker

Dr. Keith D. Paulsen, Ph.D. is the Robert A. Pritzker Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, Professor of Radiology at Dartmouth Medical School, Director of the Advanced Imaging Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Co-Director of the Cancer Imaging and Radiobiology Research Program at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. His research specializes in cancer imaging techniques in the breast and brain. Dr. Paulsen has published over 200 articles in the peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature and has received numerous awards for funding his research from the National Institutes of Health. He has maintained an active research program with funding from the NIH for more than twenty years that is currently focused on the development and evaluation of imaging methods for diagnostic and therapeutic clinical decision-making in the identification and management of cancers, primarily of the breast and brain. Dr. Paulsen served as a member of the Radiation Research Study Section from 1996-2000 and the Biomedical Imaging Technology Study Section from 2002-2006 within the Center for Scientific Review at the NIH. Dr. Paulsen received the B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in 1981 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1984 and 1986, respectively, from Dartmouth where he studied advanced computational methods for biomedical modeling of cancer treatments. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering with a joint appointment in Radiation Oncology in the Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona from 1986 to 1988. Dr. Paulsen returned to Dartmouth where he became an Associate and then Full Professor of Engineering Sciences in 1994 and 2000, respectively.