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Bart Bijnens

Bart Bijnens

Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer

Engineering Sciences

Bart Bijnens obtained an MSc in Electronic Engineering and PhD in Medical Sciences (1997, KULeuven, Belgium). He was tenured Professor of Cardiovascular Imaging&Dynamics at the Medical Faculty in Leuven (1998-04), supervised clinical research at St. George's Hospital in London (2005-6) and was resident Visiting Professor at the University of Zagreb (2007), Croatia. Since Sept. 2008, he is ICREA Research Professor in Barcelona, first at the UPF and currently at IDIBAPS, leading the 'Translational Computing in Cardiology' group. He is recognised as international expert in pathophysiological concepts and (image-based) assessment of CV diseases, with a reputation of being able to explain basic pathophysiology principles and put technical developments in context. This resulted in many international collaborations/publications/lectures as well as being requested by centres all over the world for advice on research in cardiovascular mechanics and imaging.

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 computing, 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 interpretable machine learning in order to find easy to implement/deploy techniques for the identification of patients at risk for adverse events, as well as to improve our understanding of disease and decission making.

Selected publications

– Soveral, I; Crispi, F.; Guirado, L.; Garcia-Otero, L.; Torres, X.; Bennasar, M.; Sepulveda-Martinez, A.; Nogue, L.; Gratacos, E.; Martinez, J. M.; Bijnens, B.; Friedberg, M.; Gomez, O. 2021, ‘Fetal cardiac filling and ejection time fractions by pulsed-wave Doppler: reference ranges and potential clinical application‘, Ultrasound In Obstetrics & Gynecology, 58:83-91.

– Nunes C, Langet H, De Craene M, Camara O, Bijnens B, Jonsson A. 2021, ‘Decision Tree Learning for Uncertain Clinical Measurements’, Ieee Transactions On Knowledge And Data Engineering, 33, 9, 3199 – 3211.

– Crispi F, Rodriguez-Lopez M, Bernardino G, Sepulveda-Martinez A, Prat-Gonzalez S, Pajuelo C, Perea RJ, Caralt MT, Casu G, Vellve K, Crovetto F, Burgos F, De Craene M, Butakoff C, Gonzalez Ballester MA, Blanco I, Sitges M, Bijnens B, Gratacos E. 2021, ‘Exercise Capacity in Young Adults Born Small for Gestational Age‘, Jama Cardiology, 6:1308-16.

– Bernardino Perez G, Hodzic A, Langet H, Legallois D, de Craene M, González Ballester MA, Saloux E, Bijnens B 2021.’Volumetric parcellation of the cardiac right ventricle for regional geometric and functional assessment‘, Medical Image Analysis. 71: 102044.

– Planinc I, Garcia-Canadilla P, Dejea H, Ilic I, Guasch E, Zamora M, Crispi F, Stampanoni M, Milicic D, Bijnens B, Bonnin A, Cikes M. ‘Comprehensive assessment of myocardial remodeling in ischemic heart disease by synchrotron propagation based X-ray phase contrast imaging’, Scientific Reports, 11, 14020, 2021.

– Loncaric F, Garcia-Canadilla P, Garcia Alvarez A, Sanchis L, Prat S, Doltra A, Quintana E, Pereda D, Dejea H, Bonnin A, Sitges M, Bijnens B. 2021, ‘Etiology-Discriminative Multimodal Imaging of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy and Synchrotron-Based Assessment of Microstructural Tissue Remodeling‘, Frontiers In Cardiovascular Medicine, 8, 670734.

ICREA Memoir 2021