New Johns Hopkins Center for Brain Imaging (CBI) to widen windows on the brain

New Johns Hopkins Center for Brain Imaging (CBI) to widen windows on the brain

| . DOTmed::Language=HASH(0x7f825d039dd0)->translator()->translate(text=>'An Interview with') .qq| Michael Johns of, Inc. | August 05, 2013
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It’s a classic academic mismatch: Researchers aren’t able to make use of seminal improvements in technology – often from colleagues just across the street – either because they don’t know about them or because gaining familiarity makes unrealistic demands on their time.

For those very reasons, Hopkins’ Brain Science Institute is underwriting the Center for Brain Imaging (CBI). The new enterprise aims to channel expertise from Hopkins’ various imaging-dedicated centers into creating a surge, university-wide, in the understanding and use of imaging techniques for neuroscience research.

The CBI’s translational goals are both immediate and long-term, says magnetic resonance physicist and Center Co-Director Susumu Mori. Immediately, the idea is to make accessible very high quality anatomical MRI, MR spectroscopy, functional MRI, PET and newer offshoots such as diffusion tensor imaging. The prime targets of such “upgrades” are researchers with basic and clinical neuroscience studies in fields such as neurology, psychiatry, developmental biology, psychology, genetics, pathology and biomedical engineering.

But the Center’s ultimate purpose – and basis for Brain Science Institute support – upholds the traditional meaning of translational. Ideally, improved imaging in Hopkins’ brain-oriented projects will hasten therapies for brain diseases.

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

The interests of the CBI’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.

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