CUMC has an integrated imaging laboratory network that offers state-of-the-art imaging resources in positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance structural, functional and spectroscopic imaging and is central to the molecular imaging research programs at CUMC. The Core requires investigators initial evaluation and feedback on the design of their project before approval and implementation. This approach has been designed to help investigators new to imaging and investigators with a moderate level of experience in one or other specific imaging modality, to choose a state-of-the-art approach, sometimes combining more than one imaging modality, to address clinical questions or test hypotheses to best advantage. This purpose is accomplished by reviewing projects by a committee with representation from the major imaging modalities including positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, among others.
Imaging Core Pilot Award ProgramThe Imaging Core pilot award program provides funding for junior investigators in the following areas:
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Optical Imaging
- PET Tomography
- Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography/Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT), and
Structural, functional, or spectroscopic imaging studies in animals or human subjects with relevance to medical illness will be considered.
Funds are limited, and the main goal is to obtain pilot data for NIH, NSF or foundation grant applications. To ensure the methods proposed are optimal for the research question being posed, applications will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary selection committee with expertise in radiology and imaging. Budgets for approved projects will range from $5,000 to $10,000, as determined by the Imaging Core Review Committee.
Elisa E. Konofagou, PhD
For more information, contact:Chaitanya Divgi, MD
Professor of Clinical Radiology and Director of the PET Center
Co-Director,Irving Institute Imaging Core Pilot Award Program