European Inventor Award Nomination for Thieme Author Professor Wieslaw L. Nowinski

New York, NY, June 10, 2014 --( Modern 3D brain models allow scientists to understand the complex structures of the human brain and improve diagnosis and operative planning. Prof. Wieslaw L. Nowinski’s brain atlases earned him a lifetime award nomination for the European Inventor Award 2014. The award is given by the European Patent Office (EPO) and will be presented by German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on June 17, 2014.

Brain scientist Wieslaw Nowinski, PhD, DSc combined countless brain scans to create three-dimensional representations of the brain. These 3D brain atlases, published by Thieme, have revolutionized the world of neurosurgical operative planning, radiologic diagnosis, and brain mapping.

“We at the Thieme publishing house have enjoyed nearly 20 years of association with Prof Nowinski, and speaking as the person who initiated our partnership, for me it has been the most satisfying collaboration of my professional career,” said Brian D. Scanlan, president of international division of the Thieme Publishing Group. “We are delighted he has been nominated for the European Inventor Award.”

Beginning initially with electronic representations of classic Thieme Brain Atlases in the 1990s, Nowinski has taken the atlas concept ever further and now uses high-resolution MRI to create even more authentic representations of the human brain. This approach is itself being extended to include more and more structures and supporting technologies to enhance the atlases’ usefulness in planning by surgeons in a growing range of specialties. His atlases are now incorporated in more than 1,500 surgical workstations, where they have been used in the operative planning of more than 100,000 patients undergoing Parkinson’s, pain, and epilepsy surgery.

Said Nowinski, “A doctor helps thousands of patients, and we researchers help thousands of doctors. That makes our work so valuable.”

Nowinski has developed 34 individual brain atlases for education, diagnosis, and operative planning. His brain atlases “Cerefy” and “The Human Brain in 1969 Pieces,” both published by Thieme, are considered the most advanced and beautiful brain atlases on the market. In 2013 his “The Complete Human Brain” was the first brain atlas app to be published for the iPad.

More recently, Nowinski used his brain atlases to develop innovative new solutions for stroke diagnosis, treatment, and prediction.

Wieslaw Nowinski earned his Master of Science in computer design at Warsaw University of Technology in 1977 and completed his doctorate degree with distinction at Lodz University of Technology in 1985. In 1991 he moved to Singapore to begin work at the Biomedical Imaging Lab at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), where is now director of the lab.

Nowinski holds 32 patents with 19 more in the application process. He has published more than 500 academic articles, and has won 42 prizes from radiological and other professional societies. Three high-tech companies have started from his lab.

The European Inventor Award is given by the EPO to honor inventors who use their technological ingenuity to create innovations for a better world. The award jury consists of international authorities in the fields of politics, business, media, science, research, and education.

“Wieslaw Nowinski is an exceptional researcher,” says EPO President Benoit Battistelli. “His work brings research and practice together, and as a European world citizen, he builds bridges between continents.”

About Thieme
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