Hannelore van der Burgh, MSc
PhD student, Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Utrecht
background: Mathematics and Computer Sciences
promotor: prof dr LH van den Berg
co-promotor: dr MP van den Heuvel
My name is Hannelore and since February 2015 I am working as a PhD student at the department of Neurology of the University Medical Centre Utrecht. At the University of Utrecht, I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Sciences and a Master's Degree in Mathematical Sciences, where I specialized in the tracks Scientific Computing and Probability & Statistics. During my studies, I have always been interested in the application of mathematics to different areas, especially to the medical world. I therefore wrote my Master's Thesis at the department of Radiotherapy, University Medical Center Utrecht on the reduction of geometric distortions that occur in Diffusion-Weighted Imaging.
During my PhD project, I focus on imaging the spinal cord of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients. A lot of research has already been performed on the brain of ALS patients. By expanding to spinal cord imaging, the aim is to learn about spinal cord involvement and its potential value in prognosis and monitoring of disease progression. Furthermore, I investigate the possibility of using brain connectivity data of ALS patients in a machine learning environment to predict disease progression and survival.
2016• Deep learning predictions of survival based on MRI in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
van der Burgh HK, Schmidt R, Westeneng HJ, de Reus MA, van den Berg LH, van den Heuvel MP | Neuroimage Clin. | 11-10-2016