Medical imaging studied in doctoral research internship in Belgium
Advised by Michel Koole, Caroline Machado Dartora went to KU Leuven
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Caroline Machado Dartora, a student in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology, is doing a doctoral internship at KU Leuven, in Belgium, on PUCRS-PrInt. Under the supervision of Professor Ana Maria Marques, Caroline is looking into medical image processing. In Belgium, the student is being advised by Professor Dr Michel Koole, who came to PUCRS in September as a Visiting Professor on PrInt. Koole who has a consolidated partnership with PUCRS.
In her research, Caroline is studying pattern recognition in PET / CT / MR multimodal brain imaging as she studies brain aging. During her mobility period at KU Leuven, the student is expected to attend courses offered by the institution, and exchange experiences with physicists, engineers, medical doctors and biomedical doctors in the area of molecular imaging and image processing. “The laboratory I am working at is quite interdisciplinary and embraces a large number of researchers committed to exchanging ideas and scholarship. I will also have the opportunity to participate in international conferences such as the European Congress of Nuclear Medicine in Barcelona, ” she adds.
The way Caroline sees it, the experience has been a turning point in her academic career. “In addition to being in a completely interdisciplinary research group, living in a place with so many innovative resources is quite rewarding, not only for my professional, but also for my personal growth,” she adds. Dartora is doing research under the cooperation project Development of technologies and innovative processes in health, which is coordinated by Dr Maria Martha Campos.