Our first webinar of 2021 was held on January 21, 2021 featuring Bradley Treeby, Professor of Biomedical Ultrasound, from the University College London presenting:

“From biology to bytes: Predicting the path of ultrasound waves through the human brain”

View the lecture from the following link:


Professor Bradley Treeby is a Professor of Biomedical Ultrasound in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London (UCL). His research sits at the interface between physical acoustics, biomedical ultrasound, numerical methods, and high-performance computing. In particular, he is interested in developing fast and accurate models of how ultrasound waves travel through the human body. This involves studying many interesting acoustic phenomena from a physical perspective, and then devising novel ways in which these can be captured by a numerical model. Much of his work has been released as an open-source acoustics toolbox for MATLAB called k-Wave.

Professor Treeby's current EPSRC-funded research projects are related to therapeutic applications of ultrasound in the brain. The goals of this work are to: (1) develop a novel hardware platform for targeted ultrasonic neuromodulation in the deep brain, (2) to develop fast predictive models that can be used for treatment planning based on deep learning, and (3) to develop a regulatory compliant clinical user interface for the software. He works with a multidisciplinary team, and actively collaborates with researchers from a range of backgrounds, including mathematics, physics, computer science, radiology, haematology, oncology, and neurology. Professor Treeby teaches the acoustics of ultrasound as part of the Department’s undergraduate and masters courses, and he is the admissions tutor for the Department’s Biomedical Engineering degrees.

This session was moderated by Douglas A. Christensen from the University of Utah. Dr. Christensen received the B.S.E.E. degree from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 1962, the M.S. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1963, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in 1967.

From 1972 to 1974, he held a special National Institute of Health (NIH) Postdoctorate position in biomedical engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has been a Faculty Member at the University of Utah since 1971. He currently holds a joint appointment as Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the author of Ultrasonic Bioinstrumentation (New York: Wiley, 1988), coauthor of Basic Introduction to Bioelectromagnetics (Boca Raton, FL: CRC, 1999), and author of Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics and Bioelectricity (Morgan & Claypool, 2009).

His major research interests are in the use of waves in bioengineering, including modeling and measurements in therapeutic ultrasound, and optical biosensors.

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