About Anton F. W. van der Steen
Anton F. W. van der Steen is the head of the Biomedical Engineering department at the Thorax Center, Erasmus Medical College, The Netherlands. Prof.dr.ir. Van der Steen received his MSc degree in Applied Physics at the Technical University in Delft in 1989 and his PhD in Medical Sciences in 1994 at the University of Nijmegen. From 1994 to 1996 he was a senior scientist at the Laboratory for Experimental Echocardiography of the Thoraxcentre and since 1997 he is the head of this laboratory. Current research interests are in vulnerable plaque detection, intravascular ultrasound, ultrasound contrast agents and transducer design for special applications, including transesophegeal, three-dimensional and harmonic imaging.
He is project leader of a national program on vulnerable plaque visualisation (ICIN32) and was appointed the 2000 NWO PIONIER Technical Sciences for Vulnerable Plaque Detection. In 2000 he was appointed Associate Professor at the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Erasmus University Rotterdam and in 2002 Professor in Biomedical Engineering in Cardiology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands.
He is the treasurer of the Dutch Foundation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (DFUGB), the president of the section Ultrasound Techniques of this society and the Dutch representative at the Board of Directors of the European Federation Societies in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB). He is a member of the scientific committee and/or local organisation of the semi-annual scientific meetings of the DFUGB, the IEEE Ultrasonics symposiums, the EFSUMB, Ultrasonics International, World Conference of Ultrasonics, Acoustical Imaging and the International Conferences on Ultrasound Biomicroscanning.