Nobuhiko Hata, PH.D.
|Title||Associate Professor of Radiology|
|Institution||Brigham and Women's Hospital|
|Address||Brigham and Womens Hospital|
Dept. of Radiology
75 Francis St
Boston MA 02115
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|1995||Best Paper Award|
|1998||Certificate of Merit|
|1999||Magna Cum Laude|
|2002||Best Journal Paper Award|
|2002||Funai Computer Science Award|
|2002||Young Investigator Award|
|2003||Best Journal Paper Award|
|2003||Best Presentation Award|
|2005||Konica-Minolta Imaging Science Award|
|2005||The Minister of MEXT Award|
The primary goal of my research activity, throughout my career in Harvard Medical School, has been the development of novel computer and engineering technologies for image-guided therapy. My unique approach to integrate image processing and robotics into one unit to enhance the capability of image-guided therapy has helped to advance minimally invasive therapy.
My first appearance in the image-guided therapy community was to report on frameless neuronavigation through the fusion of preoperative MRI and intraoperative ultrasound imagery (Neurosurgery 1997). I then proposed a series of software and algorithmic developments for MR-guided therapy using surgical navigation software known as 3D Slicer (Neurosurgery 2001, J Magn Reson Imaging 2001), deformable image registration for neurosurgery (J Comp Assist Tomogr 2000), and image registration and navigation for MR-guided biopsy of the prostate (Radiology 2001). More recently, my work has resulted in exciting developments in surgical robotics for MRI-guided therapy (J Mang Reson Imaging, 2008) that were enabled by the first human study of such a system in the summer of 2007 (ISMRM, 2007).
In total, since my last promotion to Assistant Professor in 2005, I have co-authored 10 original articles and one review article and been involved in 10 federal and non-federal grants. For three of these grants, I am the principal investigator (see Funding Information). Also, since my last promotion, I received the Minister of Education Medal of Honor in 2005 among other selected scientists in Japan (see Awards and Honors) in recognition of my scientific contribution to image-guided therapy.
Throughout my career and from this day forward, I have and will continue to devote myself to education in biomedical engineering, trying to bring more experienced and knowledgeable biomedical engineers with a strong clinical sense into the academic and industrial sectors. As evidence of my commitment to date, I have supervised 58 students and fellows and assisted them in starting their careers in biomedical engineering. To my great joy, four of them have been inspired to become faculty members in hospitals, conducting both clinical and basic science as biomedical engineers. Another personal milestone related to teaching that I passed was last year's interview I conducted with the Boston Globe that resulted in an article on my personal story as a scientist and my and others' realization of a dream in image-guided therapy. The article was aimed at inspiring a younger generation of scientists into the biomedical field.
Teaching is not the only avenue through which I disseminate knowledge. I am also active in professional societies related to my research interests, including the Society of Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI). For that organization, I acted as the organizing chair of its annual meeting in 2002 and general co-chair in 2003 and 2006, and am one of seven scientists who act as the society's central leadership. As part of my leadership role, I am solely responsible for publication matters related to the society (see Professional Societies section). Outside of MICCAI, I am the deputy editor of Academic Radiology and also have served as guest editor for three special issues of other renowned journals (see Editorial Boards section).
In terms of my other leadership roles, I was appointed as the Technical Director of MR Therapy Program at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in March 2005 and then promoted to the Technical Director of Image Guided Therapy within the same organization in September 2006. My role is to enable unprecedented therapy methods by translating key technologies from engineering/science research and to provide technical support to treatment programs in their launch phase, in preliminary feasibility trials, and in their clinical use.
Validation of MRI compatible needle guidance robot for liver interventions
Summer, 04/17/13 - 08/09/13
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