Dr. Jacob Jaremko – 2018 CAR Young Investigator Award Recipient

Dr. Jaremko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary where he competed a B.Sc. in Engineering (1996) and a combined MD- PhD (2003). Following his training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Alberta (2008), he took the unusual step of pursuing two separate and independent fellowships at prestigious institutions in Pediatric Radiology at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne Australia (2010) and in Musculoskeletal Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University (2011). In September 2011 Dr. Jaremko was awarded the position of Capital Health Chair in Diagnostic Imaging and became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging. In September 2013, he became an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Jaremko is an exemplary clinician scientist, a rare accomplishment among radiologists. His strength as a researcher have led to collaborations with a diverse disciplinary range of departments and faculties nationally and internationally. He has a remarkable publication record, with 88 published manuscripts, 25 of which are as first author. Furthermore, he has secured grant support of $837,454 as a primary investigator and over $6 million as co-investigator or collaborator.

Dr. Jaremko’s research focuses on adult/pediatric musculoskeletal radiology, particularly the influence of anatomy and childhood development of joints on the development of adult morbidity such as premature osteoarthritis. A key focus of his current research is on advanced ultrasound imaging, including 3D ultrasound for diagnosis and management of infant hip dysplasia. Dr. Jaremko has shown that 3D infant hip ultrasound is feasible and that 3D acetabular shape indices can reliably indicate hip dysplasia. He has also shown that bone marrow edema in the lateral knee in osteoarthritis predicts arthroplasty 5 years later, that flatter lumbar spinal curvature can triple the stresses on lower lumbar facet joints, and that magnetic resonance imaging is insensitive to inflammatory sacroiliitis.

In 2015, Dr. Jaremko co-founded the Collaborative for Ultrasound Deep Learning (CUDL), a multidisciplinary, multi-national team of researchers and clinicians who share a vision that advanced machine learning techniques can be used to analyze uploaded ultrasound images (2D or 3D) to help clinicians optimize diagnosis and management of medical problems ranging from hip dysplasia to soft tissue tumors, cardiac and atherosclerotic disease, and other musculoskeletal and solid organ diseases. In 2022 CUDL was renamed to NIDUS (Northern Institute for Deep Learning in Ultrasound).

Dr. Jaremko has also excelled as an educator. His approach involves case-based teaching in a clinical environment with learners from a variety of clinical backgrounds and levels of training. His teaching is of consistently high-quality, and his ability to engage learners is a credit to his passion for education, research, and radiology. Additionally, Dr. Jaremko has supervised a total of 45 students on research projects, and his mentorship of the next generation of radiology researchers has had a positive impact on the early careers of other young clinician scientists along the way.

In addition to his accolades as a scientist and educator, Dr. Jaremko is recognized by his peers and colleagues as an excellent clinician, a stalwart citizen of his department, and credit to his profession.

We are delighted to honour him with the 2018 CAR Young Investigator Award.

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