John Kirsch

John Kirsch, PhD, is a radiological physicist by training and education, whose interest and experience have been in MRI technology for the majority of his career. He contributed significantly to the early pioneering development of clinical applications for MRI as well as to the design and improve...

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 ...

Caroline Magnain

Dr. Magnain is an assistant professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School and assistant in physics at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Throughout her career, she has strived to apply optical imaging to various domains, from cultural heritage to the biomedical science, and has develope...

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...

Dara Manoach

Dr. Manoach is a clinically licensed neuropsychologist and an experimental psychologist by training. She has dedicated her career to understanding the neural basis and nature of fundamental cognitive deficits in neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia and autism. Although sleep pla...

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 ...

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The Center's magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facilities include the following. Large-bore MRI Systems  * All subject bays are equipped with Blu-ray/DVD players for subject entertainment Bay 1: Siemens 3T MRI Skyra with 128ch receive capabilities and 2ch pTx This is a Siemens 3T Skyra wit...

Karl Helmer

Karl Helmer, PhD, maintains research interests in several areas: (1) the creation of data management and sharing infrastructure; (2) the development of imaging protocols for multi-site MR imaging-based studies; (3) the creation of quality control and assessment software for MRI data; and (4) deve...

New Bedside MRI Scanner Inspired by Martinos Center Research

Fundamental research by Professor Matthew Rosen, Director of the Low-Field Imaging Laboratory in the MGH Martinos Center, contributed to the early development of a new portable MRI scanner by Hyperfine Research Inc. The potentially game-changing technology will be introduced this week at the Amer...

Nanodiamond-enhanced MRI: A Dazzling New Approach to Imaging

Nanodiamonds – synthetic industrial diamonds only a few nanometers in size – have recently attracted considerable attention because of the potential they offer for the targeted delivery of vaccines and cancer drugs as well as for other uses. Thus far, options for imaging nanodiamonds have been li...

Matthew Rosen

Dr. Matt Rosen is a physicist, tool-builder and inventor whose research bridges the spectrum from fundamental physics to applied bioimaging work in the field of MRI. He established the Low-Field MRI and Hyperpolarized Media Laboratory at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging to ...

Matti Hämäläinen and the Music of MEG

Every Christmas back home in Finland, the Martinos Center’s Matti Hämäläinen gathers with friends for an evening of performing chamber music. He plays both flute and piano on these occasions; in more recent years he has explored the repertoire for “piano four hands” with his former classmate Laur...

Maria Angela Franceschini

Maria Angela Franceschini, PhD, is widely recognized as a leader in the field of diffuse optical imaging in both neuroscience and clinical neuro-monitoring applications. Her research interests lie mainly in the development of novel optical imaging methods to achieve a deeper understanding of the ...

New Portable Scanner to Bring MRI to the Patient

A team of researchers in the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a low-cost, portable MRI scanner, reporting the device in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering on November 23. In a recent conversation, lead author Clarissa Zimmerman Cooley g...

Woman of the Year: Alexandra Touroutoglou

The Martinos Center’s Alexandra Touroutoglou has been named Woman of the Year in the “Expatriate” category by the Greek magazine Beauté. She accepted the award during a ceremony at the Athens Concert Hall, which was broadcast on March 8th in recognition of International Women’s Day. The award ...