KVI PhD-student Ruud Vinke has received a Rubicon subsidy from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research NWO. The subsidy will be used for a post-doc appointment of two years at the Molecular Imaging Instrumentation Laboratory of Stanford University in the US. Aim of the research project will be to attain sharper imaging in cancer diagnosis.
The aim of the Rubicon programme is to encourage talented researchers at Dutch universities and research institutes run by KNAW and NWO to dedicate themselves to a career in postdoctoral research. Rubicon offers researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year the chance to gain experience at a top research institution outside the Netherlands (maximum of two years).
The title of the Rubicon application was 'A novel time-of-flight emission tomography based on monolithic scintillation detectors'. In his research at Stanford University Ruud Vinke will develop a prototype PET system according to a new detector concept. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an imaging technique mainly applied for cancer diagnosis. The resulting improved image quality Vinke hopes to attain will lead among other things to an earlier diagnosis, which is essential for effective cancer therapy.
On 28 January 2011 Ruud Vinke will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'Time-of-flight PET with SiPM sensors on monolithic scintillation crystals' at the University of Groningen.
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