The Department would like to congratulate Weili Lin, PhD, for being selected in November 2018 as one of 42 Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research (ARBIR) 2018 Distinguished Investigators. Each year, the ARBIR honors the new class of Distinguished Investigators at a ceremony held at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting. Those chosen are considered outstanding basic scientists who have collectively contributed to the Academy’s mission of educating policymakers about the value and impact of imaging technology for patients, and advocating for strong federal funding to support imaging research.

A 20-year UNC faculty member, Dr. Lin is the Dixie Lee Boney Soo Distinguished Professor in Neurological Medicine and Director of UNC’s Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC). A world-renowned MR brain imaging expert, he serves as an ad hoc member on multiple study sections, site visit teams and committees of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  He has also served on multiple editorial boards (eg, Stroke) and has authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles. At UNC, Dr. Lin has served as P.I. and co-investigator of numerous NIH-funded grants over two decades. His studies have yielded significant contributions to neurological disorders, brain development, image analysis and novel imaging acquisition methods.

Lin noted: “I’m very honored to be named one of the Academy’s 2018 Distinguished Investigators. I’m fortunate and have the great privilege working with many talented faculty, students and post-docs who have made tremendous contributions to the work that I have published.  Therefore, this award should also recognize their dedications and contributions.”