Sharing knowledge and experience
The brain functions as a computer ensuring your body works properly. It weighs 1.5 kilos and is safely stored under your skull. The brain regulates everything that happens in your body, even if it goes wrong and a shortage in substances causes irreversible illnesses, such as Parkinson’s. But there is hope to invest in.
New advanced software programmes are being developed which provide a more detailed picture of the brain processes based on visualisation. The source of this innovation lies at the Computer Science and Visualisation department at the Johann Bernoulli Institute of the University of Groningen. PhD student Deborah Mudali is writing the computer programmes. ‘By making more refined analysis of the brain images possible, we offer medics new insights regarding neuro-degenerative diseases and primarily offer medics the possibility, if required, to visualise the brain images and make informed decisions’, explains the Ugandan. She is working closely with the Neuro Imaging Center (NIC) Groningen at the UMCG. ‘They send us the patients’ brain scan images generated by medical imaging techniques like PET and MRI. We relay the results of the computer analysis back to the NIC.’
Quality of life
The care sector is highly interested in Mudali’s research. In a society where care costs are going through the roof, prevention is key. The market is open for collaboration. ‘If we can discover fixed patterns in sick brains through sophisticated computer analysis, you also potentially have the key to preventing diseases. That would be an important step forward in contributing to the quality of life.’
Quality of life brings Mudali back to where it all started. After graduation she will return to her motherland to teach at the university. But mainly to set up her own IT company in the medical sector. Mudali states: ‘I want to give women in Uganda the chance to develop themselves by training them and offering them employment in the care or IT sectors. The privileged opportunity I have received in Groningen to develop myself as a scientist is something I cannot keep all to myself. I want to share that knowledge and experience. Isn’t that what’s called valorisation?’
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