Bart Bijnens

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Engineering Sciences

MSc in Electronic Engineering and PhD in Medical Sciences (1997, KU Leuven, Belgium). Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Imaging and Cardiac Dynamics at the Faculty of Medicine in Leuven (1998-2004). He supervised clinical research at St. George's Hospital in London (2005-2006). In 2007, he was resident Visiting Professor at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Since Sept. 2008, he is an ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. B. Bijnens is recognised as international expert in pathophysiological concepts and technical implementation in assessing CV diseases, with a reputation of being able to explain basic pathophysiology principles and to put technical developments in context. This resulted in many invitations to lecture at major International Conferences and in leading Research Centres. He is requested by centres all over the world for advice on research projects and papers.

Research interests

Translational Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, focussing on assessing cardiac function and understanding changes induced by disease and how treatment can modulate this remodelling. This is approached by integrating information handling and processing, combined with basic pathophysiology knowledge in order to advance clinical sciences. This implies an approach from basic understanding of disease towards a clinical study; selecting/designing appropriate investigational tools to assess relevant clinical parameters; quantifying diagnostic information (from clinical information to imaging data) to extract pertinent information and interpreting results and relate them to pathophysiology. Recent projects include the combination of computational modelling with machine learning in order to find interpretable and easy to implement/deploy techniques for the identification of patients at risk for adverse events, especially mothers and fetuses in lower-income countries.

Selected publications

- Gomez O, Okumura K, Honjo O, Sun M, Ishii R, Bijnens B & Friedberg MK 2018, 'Heart rate reduction improves biventricular function and interactions in experimental pulmonary hypertension', American Journal Of Physiology-heart And Circulatory Physiology, 314, 3, H542 - H551.

- Sanchez-Martinez S, Duchateau N, Erdei T, Kunszt G, Aakhus S, Degiovanni A, Marino P, Carluccio E, Piella G, Fraser AG & Bijnens BH 2018, 'Machine Learning Analysis of Left Ventricular Function to Characterize Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction', Circulation-cardiovascular Imaging, 11, 4, e007138.

- Yim D, Hui W, Larios G, Dragulescu A, Grosse-Wortmann L, Bijnens B, Mertens L & Friedberg MK 2018, 'Quantification of Right Ventricular Electromechanical Dyssynchrony in Relation to Right Ventricular Function and Clinical Outcomes in Children with Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot', Journal Of The American Society Of Echocardiography, 31, 7, 822 - 830.

- Garcia-Canadilla P, Dejea H, Bonnin A, Balicevic V, Loncaric S, Zhang C, Butakoff C, AguadoSierra J, Vazquez M, Jackson LH, Stuckey DJ, Rau C, Stampanoni M, Bijnens B & Cook AC 2018, 'Complex Congenital Heart Disease Associated With Disordered Myocardial Architecture in a Midtrimester Human Fetus', Circulation-cardiovascular Imaging, 11, 10, e007753.

- Paun B, Bijnens B, Cook AC, Mohun TJ & Butakoff C 2018, 'Quantification of the detailed cardiac left ventricular trabecular morphogenesis in the mouse embryo', Medical Image Analysis, 49, 89 - 104.

- Lopez-Guimet J, Pena-Perez L, Bradley RS, Garcia-Canadilla P, Disney C, Geng H, Bodey AJ, Withers PJ, Bijnens B, Sherratt MJ & Egea G 2018, 'MicroCT imaging reveals differential 3D micro-scale remodelling of the murine aorta in ageing and Marfan syndrome', Theranostics, 8, 21, 6038 - 6052.