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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 brain imaging and investigators with a moderate level of experience in one or other specific brain 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 Program

The 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
  • Ultrasound.

  • Structural, functional, or spectroscopic imaging studies in animals or human subjects with relevance to medical illness will be considered.

Funds are limited—so only a small number of scans may be supported for any single study, with the goal of obtaining pilot data for NIH 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 review group with expertise in more than one imaging modality.

Budgets for approved projects range from $5,000 to $10,000, as determined by the Imaging Core Review Committee.

Imaging Core Pilot Award Recipients - 2007 to Present

For more information, contact:

Elisa E. Konofagou, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Co-Director,Irving Institute Imaging Core Pilot Award Program


Michelle A. McClave
Administrative Coordinator, Communications



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