Hugh A. Stoddart, Ph.D., Founder, CEO,
Dr. Stoddart received his BS from Knox College (Elizabeth B. Smith Award for Excellence in Physics), his MS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Pi Sigma), and his Sc.M. and Ph.D. from Brown University (Sigma Xi). He is a hands-on experimental physicist with expertise in instrumentation, data analysis, and modeling of complex physical systems. Additional areas of expertise include electronics, assembly and high-level programming, numerical computation, statistics, neural networks, pattern recognition, and image analysis. He has created a unique interactive, multitasking software development environment for the Macintosh computer. Dr. Stoddart has been involved with the development of the Harvard Multicrystal point-focus camera from the beginning. In 1974 he assisted HF Stoddart, inventor of the camera, in working out reconstructions for various paper designs. In 1987 he became a consultant to Strichman Medical Equipment and was responsible for developing new, 2D reconstruction algorithms that quickly replaced the original heuristic methods. He has authored two papers on the camera. He also worked out algorithms and wrote the image reconstruction code for rotating gamma camera tomography used by the Strichman Gamma 600 nuclear medicine workstation in cardiac imaging centers.
In addition to reconstruction algorithms, he developed innovative approaches to image analysis generally, including co-registration of functional brain images with MRI and other modalities. A joint poster with Harvard Medical Schools Professor Thomas Hill won first prize at the 1993 Chicago meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. All software for the Harvard-SFP cameras presently in use worldwide was written entirely by him. Dr. Stoddart has authored 12 papers on the physics of semiconductors.
Hugh F. Stoddart, Founder,
Vice Chairman, & Chief Scientific Officer
H.F. Stoddart has extensive experience in the management of high-tech companies, A partial list includes: VP, Atomic Instrument Company; VP, Baird Corporation; President, Atomium Corporation; Manager, Laser Department, Perkin-Elmer; Director and VP, Bedford Engineering Corp. and Cleon Corporation; VP, Union Carbide Imaging Systems; Assistant to the President, Union Carbide Medical Products Division; and President, Strichman Medical Equipment, Inc. He has also served on boards of directors and scientific advisory boards.
Stoddart received his BS in physics with a minor in biology from Caltech and, after several years at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Physics Division, went on to MIT for graduate studies and research. He is an inventor (40 US and foreign patents) with extensive practical experience.
A consultant to the pioneering Atomic Instrument Company, he left MIT in 1954 to join the company where he developed an internationally recognized product line of nuclear instrumentation including the first positron coincidence brain scanner (with Massachusetts General Hospital) and the first multichannel gamma-ray spectrometer (with Oak Ridge National Laboratory). He oversaw the development of a low-power, high-reliability computer (with the Naval Research Laboratory). In 1956, Atomic merged with Baird Associates and Stoddart introduced the first high-speed cardiac camera and a line of portable monitoring instruments.
Stoddart founded the Atomium Corporation and received the Master Design award for the first nuclear medicine blood volume measurement instrument for operating room use. Atomium was the first company in New England to receive President Kennedy's E (Export) award.
In 1963, after Atomium was bought by Miles Laboratories, Stoddart started a ongoing consulting practice that included work for various technology-based companies and the US government. Joining Cleon Corporation, he invented a unique and popular (nearly 100 units sold) whole-body scanner and, in 1973, invented the novel rectilinearly scanned focal point (SFP) brain imager for nuclear medicine. After Union Carbide Imaging Systems bought Cleon, he and his son continued the design of the SFP and developed the first 61-tube, wide field-of-view gamma camera. When Union Carbide withdrew to its core businesses, it gifted the patents, designs, inventory, and other property associated with the SFP technology to Harvard University.
When Strichman Medical Equipment licensed the SFP rights from Harvard University, Stoddart became president and continued the development of the brain scanner and oversaw the development of the Gamma 600, a popular, low-cost, high-performance nuclear medicine work-station based on the Macintosh computer. After leaving Strichman, he and his son formed NeuroPhysics Corporation in 1995.
 Various devices and methods including: optical mammography, cerebral oximetry, point-of-sale barcode reading, railroad tunnel clearance mapping, laser-Raman sampler, toroidal lens for focusing x-rays, laser retinal coagulator, miniature x-ray generator, detector for bones in Chicken McNuggets, modification of chest x-ray to measure heart wall motion, signature verification, fly-eye optical system for decoding images, x-ray fluorescence elemental analysis, large image intensifier gamma camera, coded aperture gamma camera, real time assay of silver in watch batteries, detection of nuclear weapons, non-contacting weight measurement for pharmaceuticals, and a radiation dosimeter based on thermoluminescence.
Thomas C. J. Sefranek, B.S.
Vice President, Engineering
Tom Sefranek is a degreed electronic engineer and has broad experience with electronic systems of all kinds. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratories for many years, he participated in research on re-entry vehicles, optical deep space surveillance, netted Radar, and Airborne Battlefield Radar Technology. Sefranek was a working member of the components committee and introduced several new designs for prototyping circuit boards as well as introducing a single board single chip micro-controller development system. His designs for the gantry computer and associated electronics are based on new, state-of-the-art digital technology resulting in high reliability at the lowest cost.
Dale J. Martin, B.S.
Senior Mechanical Engineer, and Product Manager
Dale J. Martin is a degreed mechanical engineer and is the Product Manager. With 20 years of direct experience in the development of scanning focal point (SFP) technology, he is exceedingly knowledgeable about all aspects of the system, including its production, sales, service, and applications. Working with several leading research institutions during his career, Martin was involved in a variety of related imaging projects including brain mapping and measurement of visual activation, various addiction studies, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder research, and growth of neuro transplantation of tissue in Parkinsonian monkeys. He is responsible for all scanner specifications and for providing close support to the users of the scanner worldwide, and is actively involved with sales and market development.
Director of Information Technology
Ms. Sefranek is currently pursuing her degree in Information Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has worked in the field of information technology for over 13 years. Her experience in project management and expertise with various computer applications has made her a valuable member of the NeuroPhysics team. She provides purchasing, assembly, testing and documentation services for optical and electronic components of the MollyQ products. Ms. Sefranek also provides a variety of financial services to NeuroPhysics including accounts payable/receivable, budget planning, purchasing, inventory management and product cost analysis.
Board of Directors
Alan J. Tuchman, M.D.
Hugh F. Stoddart
Hugh A. Stoddart, Ph.D.