prof. dr. C.T.W. (Chrit T.W.) Moonen

Full Professor

  • Molecular Imaging

prof. dr. C.T.W. (Chrit T.W.) Moonen


Chrit Moonen did his masters in Molecular Sciences and his Ph.D. in biophysics (Wageningen University). He did part of his studies with Nobel Laureate Wüthrich in Zürich, Switzerland. He went for a postdoctoral period to the University of Oxford (Sir Georg Radda). He then worked at the University of California at Davis as a Visiting Research Scientist before becoming head of the NIH In Vivo NMR Research Center from 1987-1996. He moved back to Europe (Bordeaux, France) in 1996 where he has been director of the laboratory "Molecular and Functional Imaging: from Physiology to Therapy" until 2011.

He is currently full professor at the Division of Imaging at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He coauthored over 250 scientific papers. H-index is 76 (Google Scholar). He was President of the "International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine" (ISMRM, 2006), of the "Society for Molecular Imaging" (2009), and of the European Society of Molecular Imaging (2016). His recent work is in molecular and cellular imaging, MRI guided Focused Ultrasound, and Image Guided Drug Delivery in the Center for Imaging Sciences, Imaging Division.


Side Activities

  • External member of the Scientific Council, INSERM, France,

    Invited speaker, Intramural NIH "Grand Rounds", 2020

Fellowship and Awards

  • ERC Advanced Grant “Sound Pharma” 2010
    European Magnetic Resonance Award 2000
    Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine,
    Fellow of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology,
    Fellow of the World Molecular Imaging Society,

    Fry Award, International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound, 2019

Research Output (100)

Influence of labeling parameters and respiratory motion on velocity-selective arterial spin labeling for renal perfusion imaging

Bones Isabell K., Franklin Suzanne L., Harteveld Anita A., van Osch Matthias J.P., Hendrikse Jeroen, Moonen Chrit, van Stralen Marijn, Bos Clemens 1 okt 2020, In: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 84 , p. 1919-1932 14 p.

Use of multiparametric MRI to characterize uterine fibroid tissue types

Verpalen Inez M, Anneveldt Kimberley J, Vos Pieter C, Edens Mireille A, Heijman Edwin, Nijholt Ingrid M, Dijkstra Jeroen R, Schutte Joke M, Franx Arie, Bartels Lambertus W, Moonen Chrit T W, Boomsma Martijn F okt 2020, In: Magma - Magnetic Resonance Materials In Physics Biology And Medicine. 33 , p. 689-700 12 p.

Development and clinical evaluation of a 3-step modified manipulation protocol for MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound of uterine fibroids

Verpalen Inez M, van 't Veer-Ten Kate Miranda, de Boer Erwin, van den Hoed Rolf D, Schutte Joke M, Dijkstra Jeroen R, Franx Arie, Bartels Lambertus W, Moonen Chrit T W, Boomsma Martijn F jul 2020, In: European Radiology. 30 , p. 3869-3878 10 p.

A Doxorubicin-Glucuronide Prodrug Released from Nanogels Activated by High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Liberated β-Glucuronidase

Besse Helena C, Chen Yinan, Scheeren Hans W, Metselaar Josbert M, Lammers Twan, Moonen Chrit T W, Hennink Wim E, Deckers Roel 10 jun 2020, In: Pharmaceutics. 12 12 p.

The Focused Ultrasound Myoma Outcome Study (FUMOS); a retrospective cohort study on long-term outcomes of MR-HIFU therapy

Verpalen Inez M, de Boer Jolien P, Linstra Marlot, Pol Roelien L I, Nijholt Ingrid M, Moonen Chrit T W, Bartels Lambertus W, Franx Arie, Boomsma Martijn F, Braat Manon N G mei 2020, In: European Radiology. 30 , p. 2473-2482 10 p.

Field drift correction of proton resonance frequency shift temperature mapping with multichannel fast alternating nonselective free induction decay readouts

Ferrer Cyril J., Bartels Lambertus W., van der Velden Tijl A., Grüll Holger, Heijman Edwin, Moonen Chrit T.W., Bos Clemens 1 mrt 2020, In: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 83 , p. 962-973 12 p.

Spatial heterogeneity of nanomedicine investigated by multiscale imaging of the drug, the nanoparticle and the tumour environment

De Maar Josanne Sophia, Sofias Alexandros Marios, Siegel Tiffany Porta, Vreeken Rob J., Moonen Chrit, Bos Clemens, Deckers Roel 1 jan 2020, In: Theranostics. 10 , p. 1884-1909 26 p.

Combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hyperthermia in vitro

Besse Helena C., Bos Clemens, Zandvliet Maurice M.J.M., Moonen Chrit T.W., Deckers Roel 1 dec 2019, In: Synergy. 9

Magnetic resonance-high intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU) therapy of symptomatic uterine fibroids with unrestrictive treatment protocols:A systematic review and meta-analysis

Verpalen Inez M., Anneveldt Kimberley J., Nijholt Ingrid M., Schutte Joke M., Dijkstra Jeroen R., Franx Arie, Bartels Lambertus W., Moonen Chrit T.W., Edens Mireille A., Boomsma Martijn F. 1 nov 2019, In: European Journal of Radiology. 120 , p. 108700

Investigation of the influence of B0 drift on the performance of the PLANET method and an algorithm for drift correction

Shcherbakova Yulia, van den Berg Cornelis A T, Moonen Chrit T W, Bartels Lambertus W nov 2019, In: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 82 , p. 1725-1740 16 p.

All Research Output (100)