Daily Bulletin 2017

Walter H. Backes, PhD, Accepts Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Walter H. Backes, PhD, professor of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiology at the Maastricht University Medical Center in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and colleagues have identified a connection between leakage of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology, shedding new light on the vascular contribution of dementia.

The research, "Blood-Brain Barrier Leakage in Patients with Early Alzheimer Disease," which was published in the November 2016 issue of Radiology, has earned Dr. Backes and his colleagues the sixth annual RSNA Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence.

"Our results suggest that BBB impairment may be a contributing factor in the early pathophysiology of AD and might be part of a cascade of events eventually leading to cognitive decline and dementia," Dr. Backes said.

Copies of the study are available in the Membership & Resources area of the Connections Center.

Richard L. Ehman, MD, (left) presented Walter H. Backes, PhD, with the Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence on Monday.

Tip of the day:

Power Doppler does not exhibit aliasing artifacts because it relies on the intensity of the Doppler spectrum without velocity or frequency information. Attribution: Zaiyang Long, PhD

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