Dr. Bernard Chiu received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 2008. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Vascular Imaging Laboratory at the University of Washington, Seattle, until he joined the Electronic Engineering Department at City University of Hong Kong in 2011.
Atherosclerosis is a major cause of stroke. There is now agreement that the risk of stroke is related to slow progression, followed by sudden plaque complications, leading to plaque rupture and consequent life-threatening thrombosis. Most strokes associated with atherosclerosis, however, can be prevented by lifestyle/dietary changes, medical and surgical treatments. Therefore, the ability to monitor atherosclerotic plaque progression/regression as well as identify vulnerable plaque that is prone to rupture is important. Dr. Chiu’s research focuses on the development of cost-effective, sensitive and reproducible plaque quantification tools based on 3D carotid ultrasound (US) and MR images aimed for risk stratification and treatment assessment.
Carotid atherosclerosis; 3D ultrasound imaging; Evaluation of new therapies; Visualization and quantification of carotid plaques and vessel wall thickness change.