Bioimaging Sciences Research
The Division of Bioimaging Sciences brings together engineers, physicists, biologists and chemists engaged in the development of methodology for the examination of biological structure and function through imaging. Research in the Division encompasses magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, nuclear medicine and image processing and analysis.
Bioimaging Sciences found itself in the spotlight in April 2002, when the newly established National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) awarded its first research grant to Yale and two other institutions. As a member of a team that includes the University of Minnesota and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yale will receive $7.1 million over five years for the development of advanced imaging techniques for the treatment of neocortical epilepsy.
Bioimaging Sciences faculty direct or play a key role in two major Centers that house much of the imaging equipment used for research:
The Yale Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC) was founded in 1986 as a result of the recognition that NMR applications, as pioneered by Yale scientists, have enormous potential in biomedical research. The MRRC is now an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research laboratory that provides state-of-the-art MR equipment, infrastructure and expertise for the development and application of MRI and MRS methodology in biomedical research. Research is focused on the study of intact biological systems by developing methods for obtaining structural, functional, physiological and biochemical information by MRI, MRS and other techniques. Applications include fMRI for neurosurgery and neuroscience, brain, muscle and liver energy metabolism, diabetes, adult and juvenile epilepsy and psychiatric disorders. Drs. Doug Rothman and Todd Constable serve as co-Directors of the MRRC.
The PET Center, is on the campus of the Yale University School of Medicine, and houses a CTI HRRT and a CTI HR+ PET scanners along with a cyclotron, a radiochemistry laboratory and a physics/modeling laboratory. The focus from participating faculty in the Bioimaging Sciences Division is the development of new radiotracers for use in a variety of applications, including tracking drug delivery systems and the mathematics and physics of delivering accurate information about metabolism and function. Richard Carson, PhD serves as Director of the PET Center.
Bioimaging Science Division: