Magnetic Resonance Imaging
The emphasis is on the development of MRI hardware and methodologies, including image acquisition and reconstruction techniques, that would improve the speed, spatial resolution, information content, efficiency, robustness, quality, patient experience, and safety. The emphasis should be on technological development rather than detailed applications to specific diseases or organs.
The program covers the development of new MRI techniques, methods and tools broadly, which include but are not limited to:
- fast MRI
- high and ultra-high field MRI
- pulse sequence and image reconstruction
- MRI of new contrast mechanisms
- design and implementation of novel magnets, gradients, radio-frequency coils, and other apparatus for in-scanner applications
- combination of MRI with other modalities with an emphasis on MRI hardware development
- in vivo MR Spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging
- MRI of tissue properties, structure, metabolism, function and physiology
Dr. Paul Thompson talks about how imaging has revealed the positive effects of exercise on the brain as well as the detrimental effects of stress and cortisol on the brain.
Dr. Paul Thompson discusses the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), an imaging project that attempts to discover the best predictors and measures of Alzheimer's Disease.
Dr. Paul Thompson talks about the work that he does at the Lab of Neuro Imaging (LONI) at UCLA. He discusses brain health, the latest brain imaging technology and projects like ENIGMA, which involves a world-wide effort to create a brain database.
Dr. Paul Thompson discusses the possibilities of combining the latest brain imaging technology with the study of genetics.