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As part of Congress’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Kathy Sulik, Ph.D., received funding for her Challenge Grant titled, “Advancing Diffusion Tensory Imaging and Analyses for Basic Alcohol Research.”

The proposed work is designed to rapidly advance DTI technology and its application to discovery and documentation of alcohol’s deleterious effects on the pre-and postnatal rodent brain. A major focus for Sulik will be on achieving faster imaging times than are currently possible. This will allow the extension of DTI analyses from fixed to live specimens. To complement the advances in imaging, new methodologies including tools and software for data management and analyses will also be developed and applied to our study of alcohol-induced brain abnormalities.