Picture of Dag Winkler.
Dag Winkler, professor of physics and head of the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory (QDP) at MC2. Photo: Peter Widing

Contributes to new medical technology research lab

When a new medical technology research lab is built up at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Dag Winkler, professor of physics and head of the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory (QDP) at MC2, will be one of the users.
"The idea is that the new 21-channel system we are now building will be used at the new lab and coexist with the microwave measurements and treatments", explains Dag Winkler, who for many years also was head of department at MC2.

Winkler's and his research colleagues' acclaimed project NeuroSQUID, is now preparing for its next phase. The project is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and is a collaboration between researchers at Chalmers, The Sahlgrenska Academy and Karolinska Institutet. The project has been going on since 2014 and is led by Dag Winkler.

Researchers at NeuroSQUID have developed a unique MEG instrument (magnetoencephalography) with seven channels for measuring and mapping the brain. The construction of a new system with 21 channels is currently underway; a system to be used in the upcoming research lab.

The project's final doctoral student in this round, Silvia Ruffieux, recently defended her thesis "High-temperature superconducting magnetometers for on-scalp MEG".
"It is now important to bring in new funding and staff who can continue with the development of the new MEG system with 21 channels. New sensors will be needed to equip the system with, and a lot of work in the clean room will be required from now on. We are in a turning point both financially and in terms of personnel", says Dag Winkler.

The new research lab is a major investment in clinical research, in collaboration between Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Chalmers, The Sahlgrenska Academy and Region Västra Götaland. New methods for diagnosis and treatment - and in the long run better care - will be results of the new lab, which is expected to be inaugurated in May 2021.

Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: Peter Widing

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Published: Thu 22 Oct 2020.