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New Johns Hopkins imaging center to widen windows on the brain
Date:2/9/2009

"grant support core" opening this year. The intent is to provide the pilot funding that lets studies incorporate useful, quality human or animal imaging, making investigators more likely to get outside grant awards.

These improvements will come in phases. While imaging analysis occurs now at Hopkins, CTI's efforts will ultimately add workstations, improve the ease of analysis and foster wider use of high-quality imaging.

The interests of the CTI's three architects bring considerable breadth to the new center. Susumu Mori, with the School of Medicine's Department of Radiology, was key in developing the MRI capability to study brain anatomy.

Biomedical Engineering's Michael Miller, who directs the Center for Imaging Science in the Whiting School of Engineering, pioneered the field of computational anatomy. Getting computers to generate anatomically correct brain regions, he says, should enable scientists to relate changes in brain structure to patient symptoms in schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer's disease and others.

Neurology's Marilyn Albert, who directs that department's Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, is well known for work to understand the clinical biomarkersincluding those derived from brain imagingassociated with aging and Alzheimer's disease.


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Contact: Audrey Huang
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Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
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