Professor of Radiology at Leiden University, Andrew Webb, along with his partner Johnes Obungoloch, has won the Huigbregtsen Prize 2023. They received the award for the development of a new MRI scanner designed to conduct brain scans in developing countries. The MRI scanner has been sustainably developed and is easily transportable. Additionally, it is more cost-effective than regular MRI scanners. This innovation makes MRI scans more accessible to residents of developing countries who may have limited or no access to quality healthcare.
The jury awarded this project the prize due to "the combination of cutting-edge technology development and applicability in developing countries, with a significant emphasis on knowledge transfer and education." According to the jury, this makes the MRI project "unique."
The Huigbregtsen Prize was first introduced in 2005 by the board of the Foundation for the Evening of Science & Society. The prize is awarded annually for a scientific project that is innovative and of significant societal relevance. Demissionary Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf presented the prize on Monday, October 10, at the Pieterskerk in Leiden. Mr. Webb also received a €25,000 voucher and a bronze sculpture by artist Wil van der Laan.