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    News, Events, & Announcements

    • Ravi Menon, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Biophysics, Medical Imaging, Psychiatry & Physics, Canada Research Chair in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Tier 1), The University of Western Ontario Canada, will be visiting us on Oct 9.

      He will be giving a seminar, entitled “Origins and use of quantitative susceptibility map contrast in the diagnosis and prognosis of Multiple Sclerosis using MRI at 7T and 9.4T” at 2 PM in room 4004 Marsico Hall

      Ravi was at University of Minnesota before relocating to Ontario, Canada. His research areas have largely focused on functional MRI and is among one of the leaders in this area. More recently, his group is focusing on the development of imaging methods for obtaining quantitative susceptibility map (QSM). Although his lecture will focus on MS, QSM has been utilized in many different neurological disorders including stroke, TBI, and aging.

    • A note from the Director, Weili Lin, PhD.:

      Please join me in welcoming Dr. Zibo Li as our newest BRIC faculty member! Dr. Li is a radiochemist by training and is an Associate Professor of Radiology with a joint appointment in the BRIC.  He will assume the responsibility as the Director of Radiochemistry and Cyclotron Facility here at the BRIC.

      Dr. Li joins us from the University of Southern California, where his research has been focused on the development and validation of novel radiolabeling methods and multimodality molecular imaging probes for various disease including cancer, diabetes, neuro-disease, and cardio vasculature disease. To be more specific, the major efforts of his current research include: 1) developing novel radiochemistry for cancer diagnosis, neuroimaging, cardiac imaging, diabetic research, drug discovery and development, and targeted radionuclide therapy;  2) developing multimodality molecular imaging agents; 3) developing novel nanotechnology and its biomedical applications; 4) developing pre-targeted drug delivery system for cancer imaging and therapy; and 5) performing PET related translational research.

      Dr. Li will lead the cyclotron and research radiochemistry program and UNC, which is located on the second basement (SB) of the Marsico Hall. The heart of the Radiochemistry Facility include a GE PETtrace cyclotron and a cGMP lab for the production of radioisotopes/radiotracers for clinical/clinical-research use; a research radiochemistry lab (fully equipped with hot cells and automated modules) for large scale production/process optimization of research radiopharmaceuticals; and a small scale R&D lab to develop new labeling reactions and radiopharmaceuticals.

      To contact Dr. Li, please write Ziboli@email.unc.edu .

      Thank you all, and welcome to UNC, Dr. Li! We are thrilled to have you join us!

    • One of Dr. Charlotte Boettiger's undergraduate students, Michael Parrish, was selected as one of the three Celebration of Undergraduate Research 2014 poster winners based on resting state fMRI data collected at the BRIC! His research will be on display next year in the undergraduate library. Congratulations, Michael!

    • The Herald Sun has an article about the Marsico Hall opening HERE. Check it out!
    • New BRIC Faculty Camelia Kuhnen was recently on NPR talking about the psychology of risk-taking behaviors. Dr. Kuhnen came to UNC from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She combines brain imaging with an understanding of finance and human behavior, producing fascinating results. Read about the story here.

    • Congratulations to BRIC Faculty Wei Gao! His paper entitled “Development of Human Brain Cortical Network Architecture during Infancy” was just accepted for Brain Structure and Function (Impact factor: 7.837). Outstanding work, as usual!
    • Dr. Pei Zhang, a postdoc in Dr. Yap's group, has received an honorable mention for the MICCAI Young Scientist Award! Congratulations, Dr. Zhang and Dr. Yap for your great accomplishment! The award recognized the work listed below:
      Each year, the MICCAI conference presents a number of awards to graduate students and early career scientists for outstanding papers published at the MICCAI proceedings. These papers will initially be short-listed by the program committee and then considered by the awards committee. The winners will be selected based on reviews and oral/poster presentations at the conference.

      P. Zhang, M. Niethammer, D. Shen, P.-T. Yap, “Large Deformation Diffeomorphic Registration of Diffusion-Weighted Images with Explicit Orientation Optimization,” Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2013), Nagoya, Japan, Sep. 22-26, 2013. (Acceptance Rate: 262 / 798 = 32.8%; Oral Presentation: 37 / 781 = 4.6%; MICCAI Young Scientist Award – Honorable Mention)

    • Check out this adorable MRI instructional video for kids! Special Thanks to Juanita Ramirez, the sensational Gia, and our Human Imaging Techs: Amber Leinwand, Emilie Kearns, Hannah McNamara, and Meagan Shepherd!