Esther Bron is post-doc researcher at the Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands). Her main research interest is advanced analysis of brain MRI for improving diagnostics.
Currently she is mainly working on neuroimage analysis pipelines for multi-center studies, especially the image storage and analysis platform for the multi-center Heart-Brain Connection study. She led the pilot analysis for this study that demonstated the functionality of the infrastructure and the possibilty of coupling and analyzing multi-center imaging and non-imaging data.
In addition, Esther is interested in disease progression modeling of neurodegenerative diseases. Part of this work is performed in collaboration with the Progression Of Neurodegenerative Disease (POND) group at University College London. Currently, she is co-organizing the TADPOLE challenge which evaluates which data, processing pipelines, and predictive models provide the best estimates of future AD progression.
Esther obtained her PhD degree on March 9 2016 with her thesis entitled Advanced MRI Analysis for Computer-Aided Diagnosis of Dementia. In her PhD research under supervision of Prof. W.J. Niessen, dr. S. Klein and dr. M. Smits, Esther developed and improved multiple methods for computer-aided diagnosis of dementia. As part of this, she organized the CADDementia challenge which compared image-based diagnosis algorithms. In the CADDementia workshop at the MICCAI 2014 conference, she presented the results of this challenge. With this project, Esther was nominated for the Dutch Data Prize 2014 and won a Best Scientific Paper Presentation Award at the European Congress of Radiology in 2015.