Category: Awards/Grants

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.

New Grant Funding

We are pleased to announce funding by The Michael J. Fox Foundation (rapid response innovation award) to investigate a novel quantification paradigm in the imaging of Parkinson’s disease (PD) using dopamine transporter (DAT) SPECT. We hope this work will enable us to detect more subtle changes in sub-regions of the basal ganglia, and to provide novel insights into the relationship between dopaminergic alterations and PD manifestations, while extending the clinical usefulness of this imaging technique.