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Advanced Imaging Research

MRI imageThe Advanced Imaging Research group is a joint program between the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute and the Indiana Institute of Biomedical Imaging Sciences at Indiana University School of Medicine. The central mission of the Advanced Imaging Research program is threefold: to advance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) technologies; to promote working knowledge of MRI and PET physics; and to facilitate integrating advanced imaging technologies into the basic and clinical research community at IU School of Medicine.

With strong imaging physics backgrounds, primary members from departments across the school of medicine focus their research on developing innovative imaging technologies through pulse sequence programming, building customized in-house imaging protocols and optimizing imaging acquisition and processing approaches. Members organize and provide a 10-session weekly educational seminar in the winter semester to the imaging community. Because in vivo imaging with MRI and PET holds great advantages for translational and reverse-translational validation studies, the program also hosts a monthly journal club in the summer and fall with a special format of discussing both preclinical and clinical imaging-focused articles per selected research topic. The research topics will include a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as normative aging and neurodegenerative disease (with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease), alcohol and substance use disorders, traumatic brain injury and adolescent and adult neuropsychiatric disorders. To achieve its mission, the group proactively works with the Indiana Institute of Biomedical Imaging Sciences In-Vivo Imaging Core and the Center for Neuroimaging.

The Advanced Imaging Research group has a core group of faculty in the Departments of Radiology and Imaging Sciences and Neurology who work together on research and education initiatives. The group also collaborates with faculty outside of Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at IU School of Medicine, creating a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and scientists who have an interest in advanced imaging.

Core faculty and collaborators

director of advanced imaging research

Yu-Chien Wu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

stark investigators

Jason W. Allen, PhD, MD

Chair, Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Liana G. Apostolova, MD, MS

Associate Dean of Alzheimer's Disease Research

Jeff Dage, PhD

Senior Research Professor of Neurology

Woody Hopf, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Jungsu Kim, PhD

P. Michael Conneally Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics

Christopher C. Lapish, PhD

Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD

Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Brittany D. Needham, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Kwangsik Nho, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Brandon Oberlin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Adrian L. Oblak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Vijay R. Ramakrishnan, MD

Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Shannon L. Risacher, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Andrew J. Saykin, PsyD

Director, Center for Neuroimaging and Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Syed Salman Shahid, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Ying Wang, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesia

Erica M. Weekman, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Neurology

Fletcher A. White, PhD

Vergil K. Stoelting Professor of Anesthesia

Donna M. Wilcock, PhD

Barbara and Larry Sharpf Professor of Alzheimer's Disease Research

Karmen K. Yoder, PhD

Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Pre-Clinical Neuroimaging Pilot Grant

Stark Neurosciences Research Institute offers the Pre-Clinical Neuroimaging Pilot Grant for any full-time faculty member.