Fernström Prize to Tino Ebbers
Professor Tino Ebbers has been awarded the 2012 Fernström Prize for his pathbreaking research around cardiovascular function in the borderlands between medicine and technology.
Ebbers is a professor of Cardiovascular Physiology. He conducts research in cardiovascular physiology on the boundary between medicine and technology, with a focus on imaging technology for visualisation and quantification of cardiovascular haemodynamics and function.
He gained his engineering degree at Twente University in the Netherlands, and became a Doctor of Technology at the Institute of Technology at Linköping University. He has always been interested in challenges on the border between technology and medicine. Through his research, Ebbers has developed an entirely unique line focusing on the flow of blood in the heart.
Ebbers and his colleagues have primarily made use of magnetic resonance technology (MR), which makes it possible to quantitatively measure and image functional processes in the human body such as blood flow velocity, without exposing the person being studied to harmful radiation.
Several of these methods are now used around the world to created informative, time-resolved, three-dimensional images of blood flow through vessels and the chambers of the heart. The technology is used to improve knowledge of blood flow in healthy and diseased hearts and vascular systems – such as within the framework of an EU project with other leading researchers from Europe.
Ebbers has also been very active in the Centre for Medical Imaging and Visualization (CMIV), where he built up an infrastructure to drive magnetic resonance-based research.
The Eric K. Fernström Prize is awarded to young, particularly promising and successful researchers. Fernström himself wished especially to stimulate younger researchers. The foundation thus annually awards a Nordic prize and six prizes to younger researchers. Each of the country’s departments of medicine selects their own recipient.
Institute of Technology at Linköping University
Centre for Medical Imaging and Visualization (CMIV)
Last updated: 2012-12-10