Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam
Mr. Christophe Koenraad Mannaerts, MD/PhD-candidate at the Department of Urology in the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, was born in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 24th, 1991. After finishing pre-university education in 2009 with honors at Lyceum de Grundel in Hengelo, The Netherlands, he continued with medical school at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In 2016, he obtained his medical degree with honors after a urology senior internship and a scientific internship on prostate carcinoma at the Radboud University Medical Centre.
In July 2016, he started a collaborative PhD research project with the departments of Urology and Electrical Engineering of the University of Amsterdam and Eindhoven University of Technology, respectively. This project is part of the Dutch Cancer Society project granted to prof. dr. ir. H. Wijkstra, titled “Improved prostate cancer detection and localization by contrast enhanced dispersion imaging.” He is currently working on multiple studies on prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. Improving the prostate cancer diagnosis pathway by means of a critical appraisal of current approaches and new imaging and biopsy developments is at the core of his current research. Translating advanced ultrasound techniques like multiparametric ultrasound, consisting of software based quantification of contrast-enhanced ultrasound and ultrasound shear wave elastography, into clinical prostate cancer practice and comparing imaging-targeted prostate biopsies of contrast-enhanced ultrasound and multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging with systematic biopsies are an example of his research work. Moreover, he is involved in research on novel imaging modalities including confocal laser endomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography, and focal therapy for localized prostate cancer with irreversible electroporation. His work will be presented in a dissertation of which some have already been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international urological congresses and meetings.