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Junqian (Gordon) Xu, PhD, Awarded $150,000 Grant from Radiological Society of North American Research and Education Foundation
Date:10/24/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 24, 2013

Functional imaging for patients with spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative disorders has had definite limitations and has focused mainly on the cervical spinal cord.

A researcher with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Junqian (Gordon) Xu, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology and the Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute, has been awarded a two-year, $150,000 Research Scholar Grant from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research & Education Foundation. With this grant, Dr. Xu intends to develop a more reliable technique to provide images of the entire spinal cord and to develop protocols for more advanced applications of functional and diffusion MRI to not only more accurately diagnose spinal cord abnormalities, but also to provide better measures of prognosis and disease progression. The goal of the project is to extend beyond the cervical region to cover more of the entire spinal cord.

“Current quantitative functional MRI imaging studies do not define the full extent of spinal cord damage or quantitate residual spinal cord function,” said Dr. Xu. He hopes to overcome these limitations, permitting faster, more reliable assessments of tissue integrity and function for the entire spinal cord.For patients with spinal cord injuries, Dr. Xu explained that this would mean better assessments of how well rehabilitation programs and therapies are working. For patients with neurodegenerative diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, it potentially could better predict how a patient’s disease will progress.

Burton P. Drayer, MD, the Charles M. and Marilyn Newman Professor and Chair of Radiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, praised Dr. Xu’s research. “The field of neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injury would benefit from more reliable, faster, and comprehensive functional and structural imag
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