Uncovering ‘Covert Consciousness’ in Brain Injury Patients

In a paper published in the journal Brain last month Brian Edlow and colleagues reported a study in which they used the imaging techniques functional MRI and EEG to detect ‘covert consciousness’ in the intensive care unit. We checked in with Edlow, associate director of the Center for Neurotechno...

Nutrition and Brain Growth in the Developing World

The aging pickup truck bounces along a dirt road somewhere outside Bissora, one of the larger towns in the Oio region of the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau. The road, a major thoroughfare in the region, is pocked with holes. The rest of the year these would be deep and dusty. But it’s July ...

Publications Updates

May 11, 2020 The presubiculum links incipient amyloid and tau pathology to memory function in older persons Jacobs HIL, Augustinack JC, Schultz AP, Hanseeuw BJ, Locascio J, Amariglio RE, Papp KV, Rentz DM, Sperling RA, Johnson KA. Neurology. 2020 May 5;94(18):e1916-e1928. doi: 10.1212/WNL.00...

20 Years of FreeSurfer

It’s a sunny day in Southern California and the developers of FreeSurfer—a suite of software tools for the analysis of neuroimaging data—are preparing for a training session to introduce scientists to the many benefits of the package. To help the scientists find the classroom they have hung “Free...

Ken Kwong and the Introduction of Noninvasive fMRI

In the early months of 1992 the neuroscience community was flush with excitement. Jack Belliveau, a graduate student with the MGH-NMR Center (now the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging), had recently published in Science his pioneering work with functional MRI, and the possibilities of th...

Acupuncture Yields Improved Outcomes in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Though the practice of acupuncture predates current understanding of physiology by several millennia, it often provides measureable improvements in health outcomes, particularly in the area of chronic pain. Now, in a study reported in the journal Brain, a team of investigators based at the Athino...

Kenneth Kwong

Kenneth Kwong, PhD, has been conducting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research for more than 30 years with expertise in diffusion (R.1), functional imaging (R.2) and perfusion imaging (R.3). He was one of the earliest researchers to explore MR diffusion imaging of healthy subjects and patients...

The Road to MPI

Functional MRI has proved a transformative technology, yielding previously unimaginable insights into the workings of the brain. But what if there were another approach, one with dramatically higher sensitivity, that could shed even more light on these mysteries? What might we learn then? Larry ...

BrainMap

The BrainMap seminar series is offered by and for researchers using neuroimaging to study brain structure and function. Presented by invited speakers from around the world, as well as by investigators who call the Martinos Center home, the talks cover the gamut of topics - with a particular focus...

Susie Huang

Susie Huang, MD, PhD, is a board-certified neuroradiologist and physician-scientist specializing in the development and translation of novel MRI techniques for investigating structure, function and pathology within the brain. Her doctoral training in physical chemistry and subsequent residency in...

Hui Wang

Dr. Hui Wang's research interests include developing innovative optical techniques and combining with MRI to study the structural-functional relationship of the brain. Particularly, a key question to answer is how the brain is connected to form the substrates of complex functions and what goes wr...

Robert Savoy

Dr. Savoy received his academic training in applied mathematics at MIT (BS 1971; MS 1975) and experimental psychology at Harvard University (PhD 1980). This period included 10 years of work at Polaroid Corporation’s Vision Research Laboratory, after which he joined the newly formed Rowland Instit...

Sheraz Khan

Dr. Sheraz Khan is an Instructor (Research Faculty) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has developed novel signal processing methods for understanding neural underpinnings of autism. His publications, including Khan ...

Jason Stockmann

Jason Stockmann, PhD, is broadly interested in magnetic resonance imaging hardware and acquisition methods for improving data quality for both structural and functional imaging. He has worked on diverse MRI scanners ranging in field strength by two orders of magnitude, from low-field (80 mT) to u...