Wieslaw L. Nowinski, DSc, PhD - scientist, innovator, entrepreneur, pioneer and visionary; creator of "world’s most gorgeous" human brain atlases.
His research includes electronic atlases of the human brain, head and neck, stroke, deep brain stimulation, brain quantification, neuroinformatics, medical image processing, virtual reality, computer-assisted diagnosis and treatment, and future directions in computer-aided radiology and surgery. He has 554 publications, filed 51 patent applications (32 already granted, 15 in US and 8 in EU), and developed with his team 35 brain atlas products used worldwide in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurology, brain mapping, and neuroeducation. These atlases have been licensed to 67 companies and institutions, including 3 publishers, and distributed to about 100 countries. Three high-tech companies have been started from his lab, two acquired.
Prof. Nowinski has proposed a number of new concepts, including atlas-assisted processing of medical images (US and EU patents), do-it-yourself neurosurgery (published), helical stereotaxy (US patent patent), operating room of the future (published), probabilistic functional atlas (US patent), probabilistic stroke atlas (patent pending), and atlas-assisted stroke image processing (US and EU patents).
Dr. Nowinski has introduced electronic brain atlases along with several new concepts to atlas-assisted stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. The electronic brain atlases created by him have been licensed to 13 surgical companies and incorporated in more than 1,550 neurosurgical workstations; they are distributed worldwide by leading companies, including Medtronic, BrainLab and Elekta.
Fifteen brain atlases have been distributed by Thieme Publishers, New York-Stuttgart to more than 7,500 clinicians and medical institutions. The iPad and Android-based versions are being introduced to medical schools. In total, about 9,000 copies of the atlases have been distributed.
Dr. Nowinski has been conferred with 42 awards and honours; 25 awards are from leading medical societies, including Magna cum Laude (radiological Oscar) from Radiological Society of North America in 2009 and 2004; Magna cum Laude from European Congress of Radiology in 2000; Summa cum Laude in 2014, 2012, 2008 and 1997, and Magna cum Laude in 2009 and 2005 from American Society of Neuroradiology; and Highly commended in 2013 (in medical book category) from British Medical Association. Dr. Nowinski received Knight’s Cross of Merit from President of Republic of Poland in 2005. He was named The Outstanding Pole in the world in 2012. He was a finalist of Asian Innovation Award 2010 for his stroke work organized by The Wall Street Journal and Credit Swiss. He received Pioneer in Medicine title from SBMT/USA in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Nowinski was a laureate (within the top three) of the European Inventor Award in Lifetime Achievement category.
His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, on The Discovery Channel, CNN, BBC (Tomorrow's World), and Channel News Asia, among others. He has been listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who is Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in Asia.
If in creating The Human Brain in 1492 Pieces it was Dr. Nowinski’s goal to produce the world’s most gorgeous, visually stunning human brain atlas, then he has undeniably succeeded.
With this incredible software you hold the future in your hands.
When you put this CD into your computer, you are embarking on a voyage of discovery into a Brave New World of neuroanatomy, seen in an entirely new and totally stunning way. Sit back and enjoy this breathtaking, totally engrossing delight!
Anne G. Osborn, M.D.
Distinguished Professor; General Neuroradiology
Department of Radiology
University of Utah School of Medicine CEO of Amirsys Inc
Dear Professor Nowinski, on behalf of the Thieme publishing company, I would like to congratulate you on this lengthy list of recognitions. Your contributions also span the gap that often exists between basic science and clinical care - a quality that makes your work truly unique. I would also like to thank you for the advancements you and your lab have brought to the treatment of patients with neurological disorders. When we first began to publish our highly successful series of brain atlases more than 30 years ago, no one else could predict not only their long-term utility but also their impact on neuroscience, neuroradiology, and neurosurgery. Because of your work in digitzing, improving and enhancing the atlases, their usefulness has been extended to a new generation of researchers and practitioners. Most recently, your ground-breaking work in the creation of new atlases from 3T and 7T scans has added a new and promising dimension to the field of neuroanatomy.
Dr. Albrecht Hauff
Chairman and CEO, Thieme Publishers
Dr. Nowinski and his team created a novel generation of electronic brain atlases derived from our classic atlases. Their digital atlases are globally accepted and used worldwide. They are now incorporated in more than 1,500 neurosurgical workstations around the world, where they are used and trusted by surgeons planning and carrying out complex operations. The atlases were also distributed on more than 7,500 CD-ROMs to individual clinicians and medical schools.
Brian D. Scanlan
President, Thieme Publishers
The Human Brain in 1492 Pieces is a wonderful product representing the future of brain atlases. Interactive, accurate, and easy to use, this atlas sets a new standard in both neuro-education and operative planning.
WOW, what a wonderful way to view and study the cerebral vasculature! Here, on a powerful and user friendly CD-ROM (The Cerefy Atlas of Cerebral Vasculature), one will find a comprehensive and accurate display of the cerebral arteries and veins integrated with cortical and ventricular anatomy and axial, coronal, and sagittal MRI and MRA.
Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., M.D.
R.D. Keene Family Professor and Chairman Emeritus
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida
Wieslaw Nowinski has produced a new atlas based on a real human brain imaged at 3 and 7 Teslas and segmented in all its components with high resolution. This is an extremely interactive software, which will be useful to students, neurologists and of course neurosurgeons. I do believe we are witnessing the advent of the functional neuroanatomy of the XXIst century.
Alim-Louis Benabid M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Neurological Surgery
University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
The continued work of Dr. Nowinski on bringing automatic computerized image analysis tools to the neuroimaging community provides important new diagnostic resources to radiologists and their patients.
R. Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman, Radiology
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Past President of RSNA and ASNR
I have been teaching the Human Nervous System for the past 15 years. Prof. Nowinski’s Brain Atlas is by far, the finest which I have ever seen. It is unmatched in its accuracy, its level of detail and the brilliant way in which it combines modeling of brain structure with high resolution imaging. It is ideal for multiple approaches to learning neuroanatomy, from self-study to organized classroom activities. It is in all respects wonderful.
David Lopes Cardozo, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Director of Division of Medical Sciences
Harvard Medical School
The Human Brain in 1492 Pieces from 3T and 7T is a phenomenal accomplishment that provides amazing three-dimensional views of the vasculature and anatomical structures of the brain. The ease of use and the level of anatomical detail is nothing short of spectacular. This incredible academic work represents a tremendous advance in the field of neuroanatomy.
William W. Orrison, Jr., M.D
Chief of Neuroradiology, Nevada Imaging Centers
Clinical Professor, University of Nevada School of Medicine Past Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiology, University of Utah
Dr. Nowinski's atlas of brain anatomy is a superb and invaluable resource for all diagnostic radiologists, in particular those who interpret MR and CT. The atlas is extremely easy to navigate, and presents pictorially critical information and anatomy for diagnostic interpretation, serving both as an excellent diagnostic resource and an invaluable educational tool.
Val M. Runge, M.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Investigative Radiology
Robert and Alma Moreton Centennial Chair in Radiology
Scott and White Clinic and Hospital
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Wieslaw Nowinski's work brings research and practice together, and as a European world citizen, he builds bridges between continents.
Brain research continues to gain in importance as the world's population ages. In this area of research, Nowinski is both a pioneer and a trendsetter.
European Patent Office President
If a clinician helps thousands of patients and a researcher could help thousands of clinicians, then doing medical research is the most rewarding job.
Life is too short to do anything else than to study the human brain, and to prevent or cure its 1,000 disorders.
The two most important gifts given to us are brain and time. Use your time to understand the brain.
I am double happy that my both mind and brain serve humanity.