Wan Li received a Merit Abstract Award from the 2018 OHBM Annual Meeting in Singapore for her submitted abstract on "Whole Lifespan Development of Hippocampal Functional Connectivity." Her research on hippocampus development was conducted in collaboration with the Gao Laboratory. (March 2018)
Nature Reviews Neuroscience featured "Imaging Structural and Functional Brain Development in Early Childhood"on the front cover. Wei Gao, PhD, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill collaborators, John H. Gilmore, MD, and Rebecca C. Knickmeyer, PhD, discuss gray and white matter development, structural and functional network formation, and genetic and environmental factors in early-childhood brain development. This review explores the predictive value and potential application of early imaging biomarkers. (March 2018 Issue)
BIRI investigators attended CMR 2018, a joint Euro-CMR and SCMR meeting held in Barcelona, Spain from Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2018. The overarching theme of the meeting, "Improving Clinical Value by Technical Advances," reflects the ongoing mission at BIRI to improve clinical practice through innovation in MR imaging.
Jaime Shaw, PhD, received the award for Best Moderated E-Poster Presentation in Rapid, Efficient Imaging Technologies for her presentation on "3-D Whole-Ventricle, Free-Breathing, ECG-Less, Myocardial T1 Mapping with CMR Multitasking."
BIRI investigators attended the International Stroke Conference, the world's premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease, held in Los Angeles from Jan. 24-26, 2018.
Qi Yang, MD, PhD, spoke on "Combined Vessel Wall and Perforator Imaging for Prediction of Stroke Subtype."
Zhaoyang Fan, PhD, served as a session moderator for "Acute Neuroimaging Oral Abstracts" and presented a poster on "Quantitatively Monitoring Regression or Progression in Intracranial Atherosclerotic Plaques Using 3-D Vessel Wall Imaging and Deep-Learning Based Vessel Wall Analysis.
Hyunsuk Shim, PhD, Hui Han, PhD, Debiao Li, PhD, and colleagues received an impact score of 30 (i.e., about 11th percentile) on their NCI U01 project, titled "Improved Whole-Brain Spectroscopic MRI for Radiation Treatment Planning."
Jaime Shaw, PhD, completed her doctoral studies in bioengineering at UCLA under the supervision of Debiao Li, PhD. Her dissertation was titled "Free-Breathing, Non-ECG, T1 Mapping in the Heart." Shaw continues her postdoctoral work in the Li Laboratory as an NIH T32 postdoctoral fellow, focusing on cardiovascular MRI research. (December 2017)
Zixin Deng, PhD, completed her doctoral studies in Bioengineering at UCLA under the supervision of Debiao Li, PhD. Her dissertation was titled "Noninvasive Pressure Gradient Measurement in the Coronary Arteries Using Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging." Deng continues her postdoctoral work in the Li Laboratory, developing novel MR imaging techniques. (November 2017)
Anthony G. Christodoulou, PhD, presented "Carotid All-In-One: Comprehensive Quantitative Evaluation of Atherosclerosis in One Scan" on behalf of Yibin Xie, PhD, and "Quantitatively Monitoring Regression or Progression in Intracranial Atherosclerotic Plaques Using 3-D Vessel Wall Imaging" on behalf of Zhaoyang Fan, PhD.
Debiao Li, PhD, and UCLA colleague Paul Finn, MD, were selected to organize the Society for Magnetic Resonance Angiography's 32nd annual meeting, to be held in Los Angeles in 2020.
Wei Gao, PhD, was awarded an NIH R21 for project Functional Dissection of Prenatal Drug Effects on the Developing Brain and Behavior. (January 2017)
Debiao Li, PhD, received one of the highest honors of research recognition at Cedar-Sinai. Li was appointed the chairholder for the Karl Storz Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery in Honor of George Berci, MD. Berci is a legendary pioneer of endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures. He survived the holocaust and changed the face of surgery. Learn more about George Berci, MD. (January 2017)
Debiao Li, PhD, was appointed to the American Heart Association International Ambassador Program.
Debiao Li, PhD, was invited to give a lecture on "Pushing the Limits on Motion Compensation."
Christopher Nguyen, PhD, was invited to give a lecture on "Clinical Translation of Cardiac Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging."
Ivan Cokic, MD, was invited to give three lectures: "Reperfusion Hemorrhage Leads to Crystallized Iron Deposits and Promotes M1 Macrophage Polarization in Convalescent Myocardial Infarction," "A Porcine Model of Hemorrhagic Myocardial Infarction Leads to Persistent Iron Deposition in the Chronic Post-MI Setting: Serial Cardiac MRI Studies with Ex-vivo Histological Validation" and "Iron-Induced Foam Cell Formation is the Hallmark of Early Fat Infiltration in Healing Hemorrhagic Myocardial Infarction."
Debiao Li, PhD, was appointed to the SCMR International Outreach Committee.
Hui Han, PhD, Debiao Li, PhD, and team created prototype novel UNIC (unified coils) systems that promise improved detection fidelity and decreased artifacts in imaging of the human body (patents pending). Hui Han, PhD, presented this work at the prestigious Gordon Research Conference, held July 17-22, 2016. The development of UNIC technology sets the stage for precision medicine in MRI.
Wei Gao, PhD, has a paper titled "Longitudinal Study of the Emerging Functional Connectivity Asymmetry of Primary Language Regions During Infancy" published in the October 2016 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience ("Language-Circuit Function Is Lateralized After First Year"). (October 2016)
Anthony Christodoulou, PhD, is awarded the E. James Potchen Award for Best Oral Presentation at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Magnetic Resonance Angiography for project "Low-rank tensor imaging for non-ECG multidimensional cardiovascular MRI." (September 2016)
Zixin Deng is awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health for her project "Pressure Gradient Measurement in the Coronary Artery: Towards Noninvasive Quantification of Fractional Flow Reserve," under the mentorship of Debiao Li, PhD. (July 2016)
Damini Dey, PhD, is awarded an NIH R01 for project "Automated Quantitative CT Imaging of Epicardial Adipose Tissue and Risk of Cardiac Events." With this grant, researchers propose to establish automated analysis of fat which surrounds the heart, as well as novel computerized scores that identify the patients who are at highest risk of suffering a heart attack. (July 2016)
Wei Gao, PhD, has a paper titled "Neural Connectivity Evidence for a Categorical-Dimensional Hybrid Model of Autism Spectrum Disorder" published in Biological Psychiatry's July 15 issue. (July 2016)
Rohan Dharmakumar, PhD,receives Editor's Pick award for their Manuscript in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging entitled "Iron-Sensitive Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Prediction of Ventricular Arrhythmia Risk in Patients with Chronic Myocardial Infarction: Early Evidence." (April 2016)
Ivan Cokic, MD, from Rohan Dharmakumar's lab receives a Best Poster Award at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session & Expo for his abstract "Persistent Microvascular Obstruction Accompanying Myocardial Infarction Leads to Chronic Iron-Driven Inflammation." (April 2016)
Feng Shi, PhD, joins BIRI as a project scientist. He will continue to expand his research on medical image processing and analysis of the brain and heart. (February 2016)
Andreas Fouras, PhD, joins BIRI as faculty research scientist. He will continue to develop his research interests in dynamic lung imaging and cardiovascular systems from the cellular scale to heart lung interactions. (February 2016)
Zhengwei (Jenny) Zhou, MS, from Debiao Li's lab was awarded a Society of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) Seed Grant for her project "Assessing Myocardial Metabolic Activity Using Cardiac Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST)." (February 2016)
Yibin Xie, PhD, from Debiao Li's lab was awarded a Society of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) Regional Scholarship and was also a finalist of the SCMR Early Career Award for his project "Coronary Atherosclerosis T1-weighed Characterization with Integrated Anatomical Reference (CATCH)." (February 2016)
Hui Han, PhD, joins BIRI as faculty research scientist. His research interests focus on developing novel MRI hardware and methodologies for in vivo and material applications, and using this technology to improve diagnosis and prevention of diseases. (October 2015)
Debiao Li, PhD, is appointed Chair of Academic Promotions and Appointments Council (CS-APAC) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. (October 2015)
Shawn Wagner, PhD, receives a 2015 Donna and Jesse Garber Award for Cancer Research for his project "Radiation Enhancement with Targeted Platinum Nanoparticles for Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment." (April 2015)
Avinash Kali receives a SCMR 2015 Regional Scholarship to attend the annual Scientific Sessions. (December 2014)
Jaime Shaw is awarded an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship for her project "Whole-Heart Non-ECG-Gated Free-Breathing Myocardial T1 Mapping with Isotropic Resolution," under the mentorship of Debiao Li, PhD. (November 2014)
Christopher Nguyen, MS, is awarded an NIH F31 Predoctoral Research Fellowship Award for his work on clinically translatable cardiac diffusion MR for non-contrast characterization of myocardial fibrosis, under the mentorship of Debiao Li, PhD. (September 2014)
Piotr Slomka, PhD, is awarded an NIH R01 grant to develop new image processing algorithms for myocardial perfusion single photon emission tomography to enhance diagnosis of heart disease. (August 2014)
Behzad Sharif, PhD, is awarded an NIH K99 Pathway to Independence Award for his work on improving the noninvasive diagnosis of microvascular coronary disease using cardiac magnetic resonance first-pass myocardial perfusion imaging. (July 2014)
The article entitled "The New 3-D Experience" is published in the Fall 2014 issue of Cedars-Sinai's Discoveries magazine. (Fall 2014)
Rohan Dharmakumar, PhD, is awarded an NIH R01grant for his work on developing an imaging strategy free of ionizing radiation, exogenous contrast media, and pharmacological stress agents to assess myocardial ischemia due to CAD. (August 2013)
Avinash Kali receives an American Heart Association predoctoral fellowship for his project "MRI-Based Assessment of Late Reperfusion Therapies" under the mentorship of Rohan Dharmakumar, PhD. (July 2013)
Zhaoyang Fan, PhD, is selected as an International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Junior Fellow. (February 2013)
Behzad Sharif, PhD, receives a Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Early Career Award in Basic Science for his work entitled "Eliminating Dark-Rim Artifacts in First-Pass Myocardial Perfusion Imaging." (February 2013)
Behzad Sharif, PhD, is awarded a 2013 Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Regional Scholarship (November 2012)
Damini Dey, PhD, receives an American Heart Association grant for her project entitled "Automated Non-invasive Measurements of Epicardial and Thoracic Fat." (May 2012)
V. Krishnan Ramanujanm, PhD, is awarded an American Cancer Society grant for his project entitled "Imaging Mitochondrial Dynamics for Early Detection of Breast Cancer In vivo." (April 2012)
Avinash Kali receives the Summa Cum Laude Merit Award for the 20th annual ISMRM Meeting for his abstract entitled "Temporal Features of Edema in Acute Myocardial Infarction: T2 Maps vs T2-STIR". (April 2012)
Debiao Li, PhD, is elected program director of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Cardiac MR Study Group. (March 2012)
Zhaoyang Fan, PhD, receives the Magna Cum Laude Merit Award for the 20th Annual International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Meeting for his abstract entitled "3D Variable-Flip-Angle TSE with Prospective Self-Gating of Swallowing Motion: Initial Experience in Carotid Artery Wall MRI." (April 2012)
Behzad Sharif, PhD, is awarded an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship for his project entitled "Whole-heart Myocardial Perfusion MRI: Artifact-minimized Projection Imaging" under the mentorship of Debiao Li, PhD. (July 2011)
Zhaoyang Fan, PhD, is awarded an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship for his project entitled "Non-Contrast MR Angiography of Peripheral Arteries: Improved Flow-Sensitive Dephasing-Prepared Balanced SSFP" under the mentorship of Debiao Li, PhD. (July 2011)
Debiao Li, PhD, is elected president of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine. (May 2011)
The article entitled "Imaging: Proteins and Cancer" is published in the Summer 2011 issue of Cedars-Sinai's Discoveries magazine. (Summer 2011)
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