Magnetic Particle Imaging – A New Imaging Modality

Department of Physiology and Biophysics School of Medicine presents Dr. Robert W. Brown, CWRU’s Department of Physics’ Institute Professor.
Monday, November 8, 2010
SOM / Robbins Building, E-501
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

DPB graduate student, Ross Anderson, has invited CWRU’s Department of Physics’ Institute Professor Robert W. Brown, Ph.D. as DPB seminar speaker, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8.
At 4:00 PM (SOM, Robbins Building / E-501), Dr. Brown will present a seminar entitled: “Magnetic Particle Imaging – A New Imaging Modality”. Dr. Brown’s basic and applied research programs have spanned a time period of four decades. His expertise summary:
Robert W. Brown, Ph.D. is Institute Professor in the physics department of Case Western Reserve University. The recent co-founding by a former student, Dr. H. Fujita, and Brown of Quality Electrodynamics LLC, an MR hardware development and manufacturing company in Cleveland, is a culmination of a long career in industrial design, applied research, and entrepreneurial physics education. A significant OEM customer base has already emerged for the new manufacturing company, and it has been estimated, based on two earlier companies in the same market and the success to date, that QED will grow in five years to 200 employees. Brown has played a pivotal role in the emergence of two other new companies, ViewRay Inc. and AllTech Medical Systems; they also have former students in leadership positions. Dr. Brown and his industrial research and development group at Case have paved the way for two and one-half decades of magnetic coil products manufactured by Cleveland MRI industry. This industrial work has led to more than 200 publications and conference abstracts; upwards of 150 patents are presently held by people who have been trained in Brown’s research group. His business and applied technical teams have worked in remarkably diverse areas, which include radiation physics, MRI, electromagnetic analysis, inverse methods, rf thermal ablation and heat equation investigations, radiation physics, nonlinear dynamics, EEG and MEG, clinical magnetic susceptometry, muscle fatigue modeling, functional and interventional imaging, and sensor development. Of the 20 Ph.D. industrial thesis students Robert Brown has advised, ten have outstanding business careers (including three CEO positions at major imaging firms – one is the CEO/President of QED), eight are professors or adjunct professors of physics, and one is a technical director at a national laboratory. Dr. Brown co-founded a pioneering master’s Program in Physics Entrepreneurship at Case in 2000, and he has served on the advisory committees for 25 graduates of this national award winning career track. In twenty years of teaching MRI, Brown and his former graduate and postgraduate students have co-authored a 900-page textbook that has become the “daily companion of the MRI scientist.” He has received four national teaching honors based on recommendations by former students who have gone on to have successful careers and Brown’s innovations in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Dr. Brown is a Fellow of the American Physical Society through the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics, and, beginning in 2001, he has chaired or co-chaired four regional and international conferences in Cleveland.
To read more about Dr. Brown and his research, please refer to his lab page at