Faculty Seminar Series on Visualization of Living Biology

To encourage cross-disciplinary exchange among departments and encourage synergism among researchers, the Faculty is organizing a series of seminars in the first quarter of 2009.

 

Details of the Talk

Speaker:
Prof Ed X Wu,
Programme Director(Bachelor of Engineering programme in Medical Engineering)

Prof Ed X Wu joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2003. Before joining HKU, Prof Wu was an Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University in New York where he was a core member of Columbia Integrated Imaging Center and led the NMR Micro-imaging Laboratory. From 1990 to 1998, Prof Wu was the lead technical member in the development of the world’s first 3D positron emission tomography (PET) system and an ultra high field MRI system at Columbia University. At present, Prof Wu leads the interdisciplinary Laboratory of Biomedical Imaging and Signal Processing (http://www.hku.hk/bisplab/) at HKU. His research interest is biomedical imaging and medical instrumentation, particularly the development of MRI techniques for the study of human and disease models. Prof Wu is the recipient of a number of research grants awarded from US National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, US Department of Interior, and Hong Kong Research Grant Council. He is a member of the Editorial Board of NMR in Biomedicine.

Date:
February 9, 2009 (Monday)

Time:
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Venue:
Theatre B, Chow Yei Ching Building, HKU

Abstract:
With advances in engineering and computing, an extraordinary body of imaging technologies and applications has developed over the last 25 years. One of the most important applications of such technologies is the study of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and functions in life sciences and clinical medicine. Among the various in vivo and no-invasive imaging modalities available or under development today, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most powerful and versatile technology. For example, anatomical MRI produces superb soft tissue contrast and can provide a spatial resolution of up to 20 μm. Dynamic MRI can capture the beating heart in motion. Careful spectroscopic MRI is capable of detecting metabolites such as choline, creatine, glutamine and glutamate in ~10 μmolar concentrations. These unparalleled in vivo capabilities offer a broad range of applications covering from noninvasive morphologic measurements to comprehensive studies of tissue physiology and metabolism. This presentation will illustrate these technologies with some ongoing research projects in Prof Wu’s laboratory. Their potential applications in engineering sciences will be also be discussed.

~ Sandwiches and drinks will be provided ~

*All teaching/research staff and students are welcome.*

Enquiries:
Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact the Faculty of Engineering by email at enggfac@hkucc.hku.hk or by phone at 2859 2803.