Dr. Esther Bron is Assistant Professor at the department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine of the Erasmus MC – University Medical Center Rotterdam , the Netherlands. She is PI of the research line ‘Neuroimage analysis and Machine learning’. Her mission is to extend the value of big data and artificial intelligence (AI) in the neurology domain to the benefit of patients and doctors.
Dr. Esther Bron is PI in several multicenter projects (CVON Heart Brain Connection, ImProVas, Parelsnoer), and coordinator of the Image & Data Science Platform. She won the Young eScientist Award 2018 by the Netherlands eScience Center and was finalist for the Young Outstanding Researcher Award 2020 by Alzheimer Nederland. Recent research outcomes of Dr. Brons team include development of DEBM – a novel disease progression model, which is currently being evaluated in several neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jacob’s disease, multiple sclerosis). In addition, the team developed neural network approaches for cross-sectional and longitudinal white matter tract segmentation. Dr. Bron (co-)organized two international grand challenges for the objective comparison of algorithms for AD diagnosis (CADDementia challenge) and prediction (TADPOLE challenge).
Dr. Bron collaborates with clinicians, companies, and several national and international research groups. A major partner is the Progression Of Neurodegenerative Disease (POND) group at University College London, with whom she organized the TADPOLE challenge which evaluates which data, processing pipelines, and predictive models provide the best estimates of future AD progression. In 2018, Dr. Bron won the Young eScientist Award which led to a collaboration with the Netherlands eScience Center and several international research teams (e.g. National University of Singapore, Tecnologico de Monterrey) on the TADPOLE-SHARE project.
Dr. Bron 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, she 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.
1st prize Ventricle prediction, 3rd prize Diagnosis
Postdoctoral researcher / PhD candidate
MSc Nanobiology, TU Delft
MSc Biomedical Engineering, TU Delft
MSc Technical Medicine, EMC/TU Delft/LUMC
BSc Psychobiology, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Postdoctoral researcher / PhD candidate (2021)
MSc Technical Medicine, EMC/TU Delft/LUMC (2021)
MSc Biomedical Engineering, TU Delft (2021)
MSc Biomedical Engineering, U Twente (2021)
MSc Computer Science, TU Delft (2020)
MSc Econometrics, EUR (2020)
MSc Biomedical Engineering, TU Delft (2020)
MSc Medical Natural Sciences, VU (2019)
MSc Biomedical Engineering, TU Delft (2019)
MSc Brain & Cognitive Sciences, UvA (2019)
MSc Medical Natural Sciences, VU (2018)
MSc, ENSEEIHT Toulouse (2018)
BSc Medical Natural Sciences, VU (2018)
BSc Clinical Technology, EMC/TU Delft/LUMC (2017)
MSc, ENSEEIHT Toulouse (2013)
MSc, Polytech Marseille (2012)