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Richard Leahy Receives 2010 Edward J. Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award


October 07, 2010 —

Richard Leahy of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering is the 2010 recipient of the Edward J. Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/nps/nmisc/MISAward.html) and Nuclear Medical and Imaging Sciences Council (NMISC).  The Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society is one of 38 Societies within the IEEE and is devoted to the advancement of electrical and electronic engineering in nuclear and plasma sciences. The Edward J. Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award is given annually to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of medical imaging science. Important award considerations include the impact and innovative aspects of a nominee's research and their influence on medical imaging science through education.

Richard Leahy is an internationally noted researcher in signal and image processing and joined the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle in England. He has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, and as director for the Signal and Image Processing Institute. He has also been involved with the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging at UCLA’s School of Medicine, first as a visiting professor and then as an associate member. Since 2001 he has been an associate member of the Laboratory of Neuroimaging for UCLA, and also the co-chair for the International Conference on Information Processing in Medical Imaging in Davis.

His research interests lie in the application of signal and image processing theory to the formation and analysis of biomedical images.  His research group is currently involved in the development and analysis of computational methods for formation of positron emission tomography (PET) images with applications in clinical oncology and gene expression imaging in small animals.  For the past 15 years, Dr. Leahy has been involved in the development of inverse method for spatio-temporal imaging of neural activity from measurements of magnetoencephalographic (MEG) and electroencephalographic (EEG) data.  Dr. Leahy has also had a long research interest in the analysis of anatomical imagery, and specifically in the automated segmentation and labeling of neuroanatomical images and in extracting surface representations of the cerebral cortex from volumetric data.  His work is supported by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Center for Research Resources.

The award will be formally presented at the IEEE Medical Imaging Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee in October.  Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Chair of the Ming Hsieh EE-Systems Department, commented: "Our department joins me in congratulating Richard Leahy for his slection as the 2010 Edward J. Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Awardee.  This is an excellent recognition of his many research achievements in medical imaging."