Doris Ying Tsao, PhD – Caltech

Professor of biology and biological engineering at Caltech
Director, Tsao Lab

Doris Ying Tsao is a systems neuroscientist interested in the neural mechanisms underlying primate vision i.e. how visual objects are represented in the brain, and how these representations are used to guide behavior. She is investigating mechanisms at multiple stages in the visual hierarchy. Techniques we use include: electrophysiology, fMRI, electrical microstimulation, anatomical tracing, psychophysics, and mathematical modeling.

Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, PhD – WVU

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
Director, Brefczynski-Lewis Lab

Brefczynski-Lewis studies how we perceive people we love and people we don’t like, both famous and political, and how training in compassion can affect those perceptions. She is examining the neural and physiological correlates of the liked and disliked persons and how these change after training in compassion. Grudge forgiveness study: fMRI response to the face of the grudge person, as well as cardio and reactive measures will be tested before and after the intervention.

Michael Garwood, PhD – Minnesota

Professor, University of Minnesota
Center for Magnetic Resonance Research

Garwood focus has been on developing cutting-edge MRI and MR spectroscopy techniques and on exploiting them in studies of tissue function, metabolism, and microstructure. An emphasis has been on identifying and validating quantitative metrics to assess normal and disease states non-invasively with imaging, and on applying them to learn about metabolism, hemodynamics, and tissue micro-environment.

Dean Foster Wong, MD/PhD – JHU

Professor, Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Science
Radiology Vice Chair, Research Administration and Training
Director Section of High Resolution Brain PET Imaging, Division of Nuclear Medicine

Dr. Wong has used PET scanning to uncover key insights into brain chemistry and to identify receptors for the major neurotransmitters. He oversaw the first dopamine PET receptor imaging in human beings; led the first study suggesting D2 dopamine receptors in schizophrenia, and how dopamine is transported in and out of cells.

Allen Song, PhD – Duke

Professor of Radiology, Neurobiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center

Allen Song's research interests focus on the acquisition methodology, processing strategies and contrast mechanism for functional MRI. Additional interests include the application of innovative fMRI acqusition and analysis methods to study functional neuroanatomy.

Robert Desimone, PhD – MIT

Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director, McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Robert Desimone studies the brain mechanisms that allow us to focus our attention on a specific task while filtering out irrelevant distractions. Our brains are constantly bombarded with sensory information. The ability to distinguish relevant information from irrelevant distractions is a critical skill, one that is impaired in many brain disorders.

David Feinberg, MD/PhD – UCSF

Adjunct professor of neuroscience at UC Berkely and of Radiology at UCSF
Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist and Neuroradiologist
President, Advanced MRI Technologies (AMRIT)

Dr. Feinberg is an internationally recognized expert on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), with numerous publications and research studies to his credit. In addition, he holds many patents in MRI technology

Lawrence Wald, Phd – Harvard Med

Associate Professor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Associate Biophysicist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, MGH NMR Core, Martinos Center

Technique development for high field imaging of the Brain. Development of 7 Tesla scanner and coils for imaging human brain function, highly parallel phased array coil development for 3T and 7T, Parallel transmit methods for B1+ mitigation in the head at 7T, and highly accelerated echo volume imaging.

Wei Chen, PhD – Minnesota

Professor, Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Faculty, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research

Chen's research focuses on development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/spectroscopy (MRS) methodologies and technologies for noninvasively studying cellular metabolism, bioenergetics, function and dysfunction of the brain and other organs. He has been a principal investigator for a large number of NIH RO1 grants, served as grant reviewer for many funding organizations and editorial boards for imaging journals.

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