“Best Young Investigator Award” for Richard Lopata
Dr.ir. Richard Lopata won the Henk Stassen “Best Young Investigator Award” during the fifth “Dutch Bio-medical Engineering Meeting”. This price was awarded for the first time last year and consists of a plaque and a price of 1000 euros.
This price is meant to encourage a young researcher who is successfully working in research after his/her promotion. Richard Lopata was praised for his publication record, receiving a VENI grant and other sorts of funding (EU, AAA project, etc), his educational activities and the fact that he is equipping his own lab in the BME department.
Henk Stassen was one of the first professors in Biomedical Engineering and a co-founder of Technology Foundation STW.
Dr.ir. Richard Lopata is assistant professor in the research group Cardiovascular Biomechanics at the department of Biomedical Engineering. He specializes in functional ultrasound imaging, elastography and cardiovascular biomechanics and has (co-) authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal publications on his field of expertise. Lopata has won various prestigious awards, like the EFSUMB and IEEE-Ultrasonic young investigator awards, and acquired numerous grants, including three grants on the topic of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), one of which is a VENI on 3D Ultrasound imaging of AAAs. Moreover, a large FP7 project on photoacoustic imaging of skin / muscle perfusion and carotid plaque morphology was granted as well as an ITN on Cardiac Support. In addition, he is very passionate about the education and supervision of bachelor, master and PhD students.