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Neuroscience Homepage  > Faculty List > Ugurbil
Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Biochemistry, Radiology and Medicine
Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy studies in cerebral function and metabolism. 

The primary focus of the ongoing research activity at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) is to develop techniques that will permit novel use of high field magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy and imaging, and apply these techniques to biomedical questions relevant to basic physiological research and clinical medicine. Among the areas targeted for human MR studies, the most important and prominent is neurophysiology based on non-invasive functional imaging in the brain, high-resolution and/or high contrast imaging of neuroanatomy, imaging of perfusion, and finally spectroscopic studies of metabolism. This laboratory has pioneered the development of non-invasive functional imaging in the human brain using magnetic resonance techniques and endogenous deoxyhemoglobin as an intrinsic contrast agent.  

CMRR is equipped with state-of-the-art MR instruments. It has one of the three 4 Tesla systems in the world capable of accommodating humans, and has pioneered high field MR applications with humans. CMRR also housed in March 1993 a first of its kind 9.4 Tesla system which is large enough to work with medium-size animals. In addition, a 4.7 Tesla/40 cm bore system is routinely used for animal studies.

Selected Publications
Olman CA, Ugurbil K, Schrater P, Kersten D
BOLD fMRI and psychophysical measurements of contrast response to broadband images.
Vision Res. 2004 Mar;44(7):669-83
Ugurbil K, Adriany G, Andersen P, Chen W, Garwood M, Gruetter R, Henry PG, Kim SG, Lieu H, Tkac I, Vaughan T, Van De Moortele PF, Yacoub E, Zhu XH
Ultrahigh field magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.
Magn Reson Imaging. 2003 Dec;21(10):1263-81
Kim DS, Kim M, Ronen I, Formisano E, Kim KH, Ugurbil K, Mori S, Goebel R
In vivo mapping of functional domains and axonal connectivity in cat visual cortex using magnetic resonance imaging.
Magn Reson Imaging. 2003 Dec;21(10):1131-40
Lewis SM, Jerde TA, Tzagarakis C, Georgopoulos MA, Tsekos N, Amirikian B, Kim SG, Ugurbil K, Georgopoulos AP
Cerebellar activation during copying geometrical shapes.
J Neurophysiol. 2003 Dec;90(6):3874-87
Olman C, Ronen I, Ugurbil K, Kim DS
Retinotopic mapping in cat visual cortex using high-field functional magnetic resonance imaging.
J Neurosci Methods. 2003 Dec 30;131(1-2):161-70
Formisano E, Kim DS, Di Salle F, van de Moortele PF, Ugurbil K, Goebel R
Mirror-symmetric tonotopic maps in human primary auditory cortex.
Neuron. 2003 Nov 13;40(4):859-69


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