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ICTS 7T Neuroimaging Symposium

ICTS - 7T Neuroimaging Symposium (Downloadable brochure available below)

This symposium will familiarize University of Iowa investigators with imaging research conducted throughout the university and explain how high field imaging can enrich different kinds of research projects.  The 7 T Scanner is part of the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging and will be located in the new space in the new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building.7T Neuroimaging Symposium

Iowa’s rich tradition of conducting cutting-edge imaging research will soon be enhanced by the addition of a 7 Tesla scanner, which will be delivered in November and fully operational in May 2014. 

This half-day symposium is for researchers from all colleges at The University of Iowa. The purpose of this event is to introduce investigators to the potential opportunities provided by high field imaging and to familiarize the audience with various kinds of imaging work that has been conducted within the University of Iowa community.



8:15 – 8:30                ICTS Novel Phenotyping Core                                 Nancy Andreasen, MD, PhD

                                                                                                             Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD

8:30 – 9:00                Structural Brain Imaging                                         Peg Nopoulos, MD


9:00 – 9:30                Functional Brain Imaging                                         John Spencer, PhD


9:30 – 10:00              Musculoskeletal Imaging                                          Douglas Pedersen, PhD


10:00 – 10:30            Iowa 7T Scanner & Capabilities                                 Vincent Magnotta, PhD


10:30 – 11:00             Coffee Break             


11:00 – 12:00             High Field Imaging: Expanded Opportunities              Kamil Ugurbil, PhD


12:00 – 12:45             Panel Discussion                                                       Ugurbil & Faculty Speakers


Panel Speaker

Prof. Kamil Ugurbil is part of the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, a Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.

Urgubil holds BA and PhD degrees in physics and chemical physics, awarded in 1972 and 1976 from Columbia University, New York, New York. He received Honor ary Doctorates (Doctorate Honoris Causa) from University of Utrecht, Netherlands in 2005, and Maastricht University, Netherlands in 2010. After receiving a PhD, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, and subsequently returned to Columbia University in 1979 as a faculty member. In 1982, he moved to the University of Minnesota where his research effort in magnetic resonance (MR) led to the evolution of his laboratory into an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research center, the Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMRR).

Dr. Ugurbil currently holds the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair Professorship in

Radiology, Neurosciences, and Medicine and is the Director of CMRR at the University of Minnesota. His research has focused on the development of biological magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy using ultrahigh magnetic fields (7 Tesla and higher), with particular emphasis on neuroimaging and brain function. One of the two studies that introduced functional imaging in the brain using magnetic resonance techniques (fMRI) were conducted in CMRR at the University of Minnesota in his laboratory. Since then, his work has primarily revolved around understanding the origins of the MR detected functional signals and utilizing this information to guide the development of MR methods to improve the spatial accuracy and resolution of the MR functional maps and investigation of functional and morphological connectivity. This seminal effort is complemented with fundamental studies on the physics of ultrahigh field imaging in the human body, and development of high frequency RF instrumentation.

Prof. Ugurbil’s contributions to neuroimaging and biomedical magnetic resonance were recognized with the Gold Medal from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in 1996, election as a Fellow of ISMRM in 1997, and by the International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR) in 2009. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, National Academies in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 08:15 to 12:45
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