Center for Imaging Research

Shi-Jiang Li, PhD, Professor of Biophysics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is Director of the Center for Imaging Research.

Medical College of Wisconsin Poster DayThe Center for Imaging Research unites basic and clinical scientists of various disciplines to further the development and application of imaging for medical use. The Center includes faculty from 10 Medical College departments (Anesthesiology; Biophysics; Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy; Medicine; Neurology; Neurosurgery; Pharmacology and Toxicology; Physiology; Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine; and Radiology) as well as investigators from Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Cleveland Clinic’s Schey Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging. Medical College imaging research is supported by significant, highly competitive National Institutes of Health funding, as well as funding from private foundations and industry.

Medical College faculty have nationally renowned expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research and technology. Faculty in Biophysics demonstrated that magnetic resonance imaging could be used to measure brain function. This discovery of functional MRI simultaneously with the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University and the University of Minnesota is widely viewed as one of the most important technological breakthroughs in functional imaging.

Medical College faculty continue their efforts in the technological advancement of fMRI and are applying the technique 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, visual disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and schizophrenia. The results have led to earlier disease detection, closer monitoring of brain conditions, and the effectiveness of investigational therapies. The College’s fMRI research has resulted in 10 patents that are in commercial development.