Speakers

Vesna Prchkovska, PhD

Chief Operating Officer, QMENTA, Barcelona (Spain) and Boston (USA)

Topic: From academia to entrepreneurship, my personal story

Abstract
In this talk I will focus on the 5 year growth of the startup I co-founded, QMENTA. As a former academic I was faced with many challenges while growing the company. Being in the healthcare market escalates these challenges significantly. I will describe the history of the company, some of these challenges that we are facing and how we are trying to make an impact outside of academia. QMENTA offers a cutting-edge compliant cloud-based platform to streamline the imaging workflow for clinical trials and researchers in order to accelerate the discovery and development of new treatments for neurological diseases.

Bio
Vesna graduated with honors in Electrical engineering from Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (Macedonia) and obtained a PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology in medical image processing. Vesna has over twelve years of experience in image processing and visualization. She was awarded Marie Sklodowska-Curie IE fellowship by the European Commission and conducted a two year postdoctoral research project at Institut d’investigacions Biomètiques August Pi i Sunyer, where she researched novel imaging markers for multiple sclerosis. In addition, in 2013, Vesna conducted a research visit at Harvard, where she explored the network and graph based theory applied to brain connectivity in healthy subjects and patients with neurodegenerative diseases. She is a co-founder and acting COO of QMENTA.

Elisenda Eixarch, MD, PhD

Fetal and Perinatal Medicine Research Group, IDIBAPS, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona (Spain)

Topic: Advanced imaging and image analysis in fetal medicine

Abstract
The talk will be focused on the impact of the application of advanced imaging and image analysis in fetal medicine. In the last decades, fetal medicine has evolved from exclusively using ultrasound to study fetal structures to the application of other imaging modalities. Diffusion and functional MRI, brain sulcation development, and brain spectroscopy among others have been used to demonstrate the effects of prenatal conditions on fetal brain development, improving knowledge in the origin of neurodevelopmental disorders and offering the opportunity to develop imaging biomarkers of altered neurodevelopment.

Bio
Elisenda Eixarch is a specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and a post-doctoral researcher at Fetal i+D Fetal Medicine Research Center. She obtained her degree in Medicine in Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and her specialty in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and her PhD in Universitat de Barcelona. She has focused her investigation on the effects of fetal conditions on brain development in both clinical and basic research. Elisenda has worked on the application of connectomic analysis of structural and functional brain networks in high-risk populations. She is currently working on the assessment of brain sulcation by means of ultrasound and fetal MRI in fetuses with brain anomalies. She also is a fetal surgeon and is co-PI in a research project developing technological improvements for fetal surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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