Jos AE Spaan
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jos Spaan is professor of Medical Physics at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam. He studied Engineering Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. After his Ph.D. in engineering he joined the Physiological Physics group at the Faculty of Medicine at the University in Leiden (1976) and was appointed part time professor in Physiological Physics (1982) at the Delft University of Technology. His interest always has been in the area of medical technology and the application of engineering principles to the analysis of the function of the vascular system in health and disease. His contributions to this field are especially directed to the supply of blood to the heart tissue, making the pump function of the heart possible. He was the first elected president of EAMBES, the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Sciences.