Imaging study shows brain activity may be as unique as fingerprints
A person’s brain activity appears to be as unique as his or her fingerprints, a new Yale-led imaging study shows. These brain “connectivity profiles” alone allow researchers to identify individuals from the fMRI images of brain activity of more than 100 people, according to the study published Oct. 12 in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Finn and co-first author Xilin Shen, under the direction of R. Todd Constable, professor of diagnostic radiology and neurosurgery at Yale, compiled fMRI data from 126 subjects who underwent six scan sessions over two days. Subjects performed different cognitive tasks during four of the sessions. In the other two, they simply rested. Researchers looked at activity in 268 brain regions: specifically, coordinated activity between pairs of regions. Highly coordinated activity implies two regions are functionally connected. Using the strength of these connections across the whole brain, the researchers were able to identify individuals from fMRI data alone, whether the subject was at rest or engaged in a task. They were also able to predict how subjects would perform on tasks. Read full article from Yale News here.
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Yale Professors awarded White House BRAIN initiative grant
Two Yale School of Medicine professors have received a federal grant supported by President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative. R. Todd Constable, professor of diagnostic radiology, and Michael C. Crair, professor of neurobiology, will use the nearly $5 million National Institutes of Health award over three years to develop experimental and analytic methods for examining neuronal activity across scales, from the single cell to the whole brain. Read more here.
The MRRC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michelle Hampson as the Director of Real-Time fMRI.
Juchem Lab awarded NMSS pilot grant to study multiple sclerosis tissue injury and repair
New Approach to Spatial Encoding in MRI Can Greatly Reduce Scan Time
Dr. Christoph Juchem awarded a 2013 Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Scholarship
Dr. Todd Constable was awarded a new RO1 grant
Dr. Christoph Juchem elected Chair-Elect of the Engineering Study Group of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Dr. Gigi Gailiana appointed as Assistant Professor in the department of Diagnostic Radiology
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Gigi Galiana was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology on September 1, 2011. Dr. Galiana’s research spans MR methodology development with an emphasis of novel methods for generating tissue contrast particularly in cancer detection applications. She also is very active in the development of novel nonlinear gradient spatial encoding strategies for accelerated parallel imaging. Dr. Galiana performed her graduate work at Princeton University and received her Ph.D. in 2008.
She joined the Yale MRRC in 2008 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and was promoted to Associate Research Scientist in 2011. Dr. Galiana is the author of 14 papers and multiple patents. Her ground-breaking work on exploiting multiple quantum coherences to broaden the capabilities of MRI earned her a first author Science paper. She received a L’Oreal Women in Science grant in addition to a Ford Foundation grant and has been a key contributor to numerous projects in the MRRC.
Dr. Christoph Juchem appointed as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Neurology
Yale University and Siemens Medical have reached an agreement to license two patents filed by Dr. Constable and his research team.
Robert G. Shulman Lectures in Magnetic Resonance symposium
Research Scientist Dana Peters received a grant (R21) from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at the NIH.
A team led by Dr. Todd Constable has filed for 2 patents associated with their research aimed at accelerating MR acquisitions.
Dr. Christoph Juchem selected finalist of the ISMRM's 2011 I.I. Rabi Young Investigator Award
Dr. Nolwenn Caillet, a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Constable, has just been accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in the Yale Neuroimaging Sciences Training Program.
Daniel Coman is involved in two new patents in the field of magnetic resonance research.
The first invention is directed towards contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or spectroscopy (MRS) and methods of using these contrast agents for altering the MRI and/or MRS signals in samples, in vitro or in vivo, and more specifically to paramagnetic metal ion macrocyclic complexes as contrast agents and methods based on detection of exchangeable and non-exchangeable protons with techniques that have been dubbed as chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) and biosensor imaging of redundant deviation in shifts (BIRDS), respectively.
The second invention describes a fast, reliable, and simple method for estimating the power (i.e., heat) deposition by the radio-frequency (RF) pulses applied during any magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or
spectroscopy (MRS) experiments. Prior to implementation in vivo, all MRI or MRS pulse sequences must undergo a series of in vitro tests to assess the RF power deposition, the proposed method will provide the
quantitative data for such tests. The in vitro sample contains a known amount of a magnetic resonance temperature molecular probe to estimate temperature changes in the sample.
Christoph Juchem wins engineering award at the 2010 ISMRM/ESMRMB meeting
Fahmeed Hyder releases new book on Dynamic Brain Imaging
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Erik Shapiro Hopes To Enhance MRI Technology With New Innovator Award from the NIH
Erik M. Shapiro, assistant professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at the Yale School of Medicine, has been awarded a $1.5 million New Innovator Award by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). more...