Center for Imaging Research

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Welcome to the Center for Imaging Research (CIR) at the Medical College of Wisconsin.


The CIR, directed by Shi-Jiang Li, PhD, facilitates collaboration between imaging scientists and clinicians at academic institutions within the Milwaukee region. In addition, it manages, develops and maintains the imaging facilities.

Investigators from 11 MCW departments, as well as researchers from Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, make up the CIR. The MCW departments include Anesthesiology; Biophysics; Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy; Medicine; Neurology; Neurosurgery; Pharmacology and Toxicology; Physiology; Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine; Radiology; and Radiation Oncology.

More recently, MCW fMRI investigators have begun to apply innovative imaging  techniques to diagnose and monitor patients with a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including brain tumors, stroke, epilepsy, drug abuse, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, attention deficit disorder, multiple sclerosis, head injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, visual disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and schizophrenia.

The results have lead to earlier disease detection, closer monitoring of brain conditions, and the effectiveness of investigational therapies. The CIR is fostering the extension of this technology into promising areas of new research, such as molecular imaging.

To this end, the CIR continually spearheads the following efforts:

  • Working with GE Healthcare on the installation and enhancement of a 7T MRI scanner at MCW.
  • Recruitment of faculty members and students to deliver presentations.
  • Publication of numerous manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Submission of several grant proposals to the National Institutes of Health.
  • The CIR’s Internal Advisory Committee meets monthly to address scanner users’ concerns.

The CIR strives to maintain a strong collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to imaging in the Milwaukee area.

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