The Finalists

Representatives of the five most promising projects have been invited to the HORAO Conference in Bern. The finalists come from Germany, USA, Spain, Canada and Scotland respectively France. They will present sophisticated solutions that aim to bring precision imaging in neurosurgery to a new level.

The projects, that made it to the final five, follow various interdisciplinary approaches: mathematics, physics and digital imaging cooperate in innovative ways.

Get to know them and their innovative solutions!


Brent weyers’s Team

Intraoperative Detection of Brain Tumors using ms-TRFS

Laura Marcu: Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of California, Davis

Alba Alfonso-Garcia: Postdoctoral Scholar of the Biophotonics Labor, University of California, Davis

Brent William Weyers (photo): 2nd year PhD student in Laura Marcu’s laboratory group in biomedical engineering at the University of California, Davis. Brent received his B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering. He is interested commercializing impactful medical technology, which promotes health at the point-of-care.

Our research focuses on promoting enhanced diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human diseases through advancements in bio-photonics technology at the interface of physical sciences, engineering, biology and medicine. The ambition of our group is to provide high-impact medical technology, which enables the intraoperative delineation of tumor margins for surgical guidance, as well as providing instrumentation for in situ pathology assessments, aimed to improve clinical outcomes with enhanced precision and timely treatment.


Cliff EdwaRDS

Optical Tractography of Brain Fiber Orientation

Cliff Edwards worked on radiology imaging systems for 15 years and now devotes his time to solving global technology and engineering challenges in several domains. He is the author of seven granted patents, and is recognized by Innocentive as one of their #1 top solvers for 2016 and 2017. 


Alicia Martinez-GonzaleZ, PhD


Alicia Martinez-González, PhD is a researcher at the Mathematical Oncology Laboratory at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Spain. Her goal is to use mathematics to generate ideas that can be translated to the clinic and improve care of oncology patients. She loves to make things happen!


Ivan Gusachenko

Optical Polarimetry for Brain Fibers Visualization

Dr. Ivan Gusachenko is an optical scientist and engineer with professional experience across five countries. Passionate with both optics and innovation, he is excited to discover new applications of light in medicine and industry. At the moment he is an R&D Engineer at Cailabs SARL, Rennes in France.


Leon Weninger’s and Daniel Truhn’s Team

Delimiting Brain Tumors with Polarized Light

Leon Weninger (l.) studied electrical engineering in Aachen, Germany and Lyon, France before starting his PhD studies at the Institute of Imaging and Computer Vision at RWTH Aachen, Germany.

Daniel Truhn (r.) studied Physics and Medicine in London, Great Britain and Aachen, Germany and became a radiologist.

Both Leon and Daniel currently collaborate on the application of artificial intelligence in radiology.