Postdoctoral Training in Functional Imaging

fmriOver the past 20 years there has been an explosion of new technology in the field of neuroimaging. This technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace as scanners, computers, software, applications and knowledge push forward. This technology has already evoked a paradigm shift in the scientific study of human brain function, and it is beginning to transform clinical practice at an accelerating pace. The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and its associated hospital system – Froedtert Hospital – have been at the forefront of this technological revolution since the invention of functional MRI (fMRI), in part, by MCW scientists nearly 15 years ago. At that time, the need for a cadre of professionals trained in this technology was anticipated. Subsequently, a training program, initially under the guidance of Dr. JamesfMRI Picture Hyde, was initiated with the express goal of filling this need. Since then, graduates of our program have gone on to scientific positions in academic research, industry, education, and clinical science. Today, the need for scientists trained in advanced imaging remains high, and we anticipate that it will grow significantly as more sophisticated techniques move into clinical practice.

Our concept for training in this field takes an integrative approach. Traditional training in any one field such as biophysics, neuroscience, physiology or clinical medicine is not necessarily the best preparation for this work, which is inherently multidisciplinary. Effective users need basic training in each of these and several other disciplines, as well as extensive experience with integrating these different fields in the context of brain imaging. Few existing training programs have been designed around such an interdisciplinary approach.

To be effective, an interdisciplinary training program needs to take advantage of the existing expertise of a variety of investigators actively involved in the development and application of imaging technology. MCW faculty include a wide range of neuroscientists, biophysicists, physiologists, neurologists, radiologists, neuropsychologists, and psychiatrists with active interests in the development and application of functional imaging technology. This expertise, in combination with world-class facilities, provides precisely the type of training environment needed by aspiring students. This combination of facilities and expertise is relatively unique among the leading centers for neuroimaging and has resulted in 47 successful imaging-related NIH grants, as well as over 250 published articles on topics ranging from basic MR physics to fMRI applications in cognitive neuroscience and the assessment of brain pathology.

If you are interested in pursuing a postdoctoral program in functional neuroimaging, please contact our faculty directly.