Radboud Imaging Research
Welcome to the research website of the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen.
Our research has a strong focus on early detection and early treatment of common diseases. It covers fundamental research on a molecular level, development of new medical devices and software tools, and translates these results to clinical applications that can be used in daily routine. Our mission is to bridge the gap between research and practice and to help shape the future of healthcare. We use technology to make healthcare more affordable by increasing automation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, thus freeing manpower for those areas in patient care in which the "human touch" is most needed.
The four fundamental science groups cover ultrasound (MUSIC), biomedical MR (BioMR), diagnostic image analysis (DIAG) and tracer research (TRACER). Clinical research is mainly focused on prostate, breast, chest and vascular disease.
Relationship between behavior autism and brain connections
In a mouse model for autism researchers from the Radboudumc with French colleagues found clear abnormal brain connections. In the visual cortex of mice with an autism spectrum disorder more local connections and fewer connections with other brain areas are found. The research is published in Science Advances.
The results support the idea that anatomical differences - a different wiring of the brain in this case - are at the basis of autistic behavior characteristics. Heerschap: "people with the fragile X syndrome and ASD are often very sensitive to sensory and visual information. They concentrate often strongly on details and have less attention for the broader, comprehensive picture. This does not proof that this is a direct causal relationship, but it does stimulate further research in this direction. The MR image observations can also be used as biomarkers to guide treatments". Read more...
See more in the Highlight Archive.
- January 19, 2016: Miriam Lagemaat has obtained her PhD for her thesis 1H and 31P Spectroscopic Imaging of the Prostate at 7 Tesla.
- November 19, 2015: Colin Jacobs has obtained his PhD.
- October 22, 2015: Pragnya Maduskar has obtained her PhD.
- October 12, 2015: During the 32nd annual scientific meeting of the ESMRMB in Edinburgh on October 1st 2015, Prof. Dr. Arend Heerschap was honored with becoming a Fellow of the Society.
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