PhD defense Bart van de Bank


Bart van de Bank Advancing Technologies in 1H and 31P MR Spectroscopy in the Human Brain at 7 Tesla

Reliable measuring the metabolism in the human brain using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy was the main focus of this research.

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Bart van de Bank Advancing Technologies in 1H and 31P MR Spectroscopy in the Human Brain at 7 Tesla

Reliable measuring the metabolism in the human brain using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy was the main focus of this research. To be able to perform such measurements in-vivo in a relatively small area of the brain an (ultra) high field strength is required/advised. Of course some technical hurdles need to be taken care off as this high field strength is relatively new. It is beyond doubt that each measurement should give reproducible results. Moreover, it is important to be able to detect and measure various metabolites, or otherwise simultaneously. In this thesis I will show that although signal from acquired signals from various metabolites is sufficient, an additional boost may be beneficial without adding extra variability to the data. Combining all these methods enabled us to investigate if the energy buffer in the visual cortex of the human cortex varies due to an external visual stimulus.

Date, time and location PhD defense

  • Date: 23 February 2018
  • Time: 12.30 hrs
  • Location: Radboud Universiteit, Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2

Biography

Bart van de Bank was born on November 19th 1982 in Oss, the Netherlands.

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Biography

Bart van de Bank was born on November 19th 1982 in Oss, the Netherlands. In 2001 he finished the higher general secondary education and started to work as stage technician in a theater in Oss. For three years, one day a week he went to the community college of Amsterdam where he was trained to become a theater technician. In 2004 he started studying for his bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Avans University of Applied Sciences, for which he graduated cum laude in 2008. That same year he started working at the high-field MRI group at the Image Science Institute at University Medical Center Utrecht under supervision of prof P.R. Luijten and dr. ing. D.W.J. Klomp.
 
During his employment he also studied for his Master’s degree in Biomedical Image Science at the same institute, for which he graduated in 2011. Since August 2011, Bart is a PhD-candidate at the Biomedical MR research group within the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine of Radboud university medical center working on brain spectroscopy at high-field MRI in collaboration with Erwin L. Hahn Institute of University Duisburg-Essen (Germany) under supervision of Tom Scheenen.
 
In August 2015 Bart decided to leave academics and started as a physics teacher at Maurick College in Vught. Next to teaching he tries to get students excited about a career in academia.
 


Promotor

  • Promotor: prof. dr. A. Heerschap
  • Co-promotor: dr. ir. T.W.J. Scheenen

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