Category: Awards/Grants

BRAIN initiative meeting at Hopkins

We had a truly exciting and fruitful meeting on March 3rd for our BRAIN initiative effort. Our collaborators are converging to a couple of very promising approaches to enable transcranial, real time, in vivo imaging of brain network activity. When we first put in this grant, it had the appearance of science fiction, to improve temporal resolution in the in vivo imaging of neurotransmission from minutes in PET imaging, by ~4 orders of magnitude (!), to the scale of 10 milliseconds. But our results are very promising, and suggestive that this is indeed possible.

Saeed Ashrafinia awarded AAPM Expanding Horizons Travel Grant

We are pleased to announce Saeed Ashrafinia (PhD candidate) has received the Expanding Horizons Travel Grant. Awarded by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the travel grant aims to “provide an opportunity to broaden the scope of scientific meetings attended in order to introduce students and trainees to new topics which may be of relevance to medical physics research and which may subsequently be incorporated into future research in order to progress the field in new directions.”

Funding by Michael J Fox Founcation: Radiomics and Radiogenomics of Parkinson’s Disease

We are pleased to announce new funding by The Michael J. Fox Foundation (PIs: Arman Rahmim, Vesna Sossi) to investigate “radiomics” of Parkinson’s disease (PD) as imaged using both SPECT and PET imaging, involving extensive shape and texture analysis. This work will be performed in close collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the Henry Ford Health System (elaborated further here). Combined with genomics data, we also hope to provide a radiogenomics framework, aiming to arrive at biomarkers of PD progression, which can provide better understanding of PD and significantly enhance assessment of disease modifying therapies.

BRAIN initiative grant awarded

We have received a grant from the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative to create a next-generation brain imaging system. The funded effort is entitled “Imaging In Vivo Neurotransmitter Modulation of Brain Network Activity in Realtime.”

Here’s the Hopkins press release, including some description of the project.

Here’s a reference to our proposed work in news from Science.

Here’s the NIH press release, including a listing of all funded BRAIN projects.

Congratulations to Hassan Mohy-ud-Din for being awarded the Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowship

Hassan Mohy-ud-Din, an Electrical & Computer Engineering graduate student in the lab, has been awarded the 2014 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowship.

As an active member of the Tomographic Image Reconstruction & Analysis Laboratory, Mohy-ud-Din has lead research in the areas of positron emission tomography (PET) brain imaging, specifically motion compensation, as well as myocardial perfusion PET imaging. The awarded fellowship, entitled, “Quantitative Myocardial Perfusion PET Imaging using Physiological Clustering” proposes to translate novel quantitative imaging methods to the domain of clinical cardiac PET imaging.

Bradley-Alavi Fellows are named in honor of the late Stanley E. Bradley, a professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a prominent researcher in the fields of renal physiology and liver disease, and Abass Alavi, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of the division of nuclear medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.