Imaging Institute Receives NIH Award

Debiao Li, PhD

Debiao Li, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Imaging Research Institute and professor of Biomedical Sciences and Imaging, has received a four-year $1.7 million funding renewal from the National Institutes of Health.

The purpose of the funded study, which was initiated in 2009, is to develop and validate a three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique to identify plaques in the carotid arteries that may trigger neurovascular events, such as a stroke or transient ischemic attack. The new technique, unlike traditional MRI, would not rely on contrast agents to enhance the image.

"If successful, we will be able to identify patients who are prone to future neurovascular events so that lifestyle changes or medical therapies can be initiated to reduce risk. The technique also has the potential for substantial cost savings due to shorter imaging time and the elimination of contrast agents, which may cause complications in patients with renal insufficiency," said Li.

The ultimate goal is to eventually improve the prognosis for patients with carotid atherosclerosis, a degenerative disease of the arterial wall caused by the buildup of fatty substances and cholesterol.

For a list of Li's co-investigators, please click on the link below:

MRI Study Co-Investigators (PDF)