Wednesday 20th March
Tech-Talk: Imaging of the human retina for healthcare, Dr Jano Van Hemert, Optos
Title: Imaging of the human retina for healthcare
The eye is often quoted as the window to the body. Many diseases affect the eye and especially the retina. In Western societies, the three diseases with the most impact are diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. In this talk I will show the technical challenges involved in getting images of the retina and in automating the analysis of these images.
Dr Jano van Hemert has a PhD in Mathematics and Physical Sciences from Leiden University. He is the Imaging Research Manager and Academic Liaison at Optos---an innovative retinal imaging company with a vision to be recognised as the leading provider of retinal diagnostics. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh and a member of The Young Academy of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
From 2007 until 2010 he led the research of the UK National e-Science Centre, supported by an EPSRC Platform Grant. His Edinburgh Data-Intensive Research group in the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics collaborated with researchers world-wide in seismology, brain imaging, developmental and evolutionary biology, fire safety engineering, chemistry, nano-engineering, urban water management, molecular medicine and neuro-informatics. van Hemert has held research positions at the Leiden University, the Vienna University of Technology and the Dutch National ResearchInstitute for Mathematics and Computer Science. In 2004, he was awarded the Talented Young Researcher Fellowship by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. In 2009, he was recognised as a promising young research leader with a Scottish Crucible. From 2005 until 2011 he was a visiting researcher at the Human Genetics Unit of the Medical Research Council.