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Dr. Chien Ho awarded a Gold Medal from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine for his pioneering work in cellular MRI.  More information can be found on the NIBIB Press Release and CMU press release.


Dr. Chien Ho has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for pioneering the use of magnetic resonance to unravel allosteric mechanisms of hemoglobin and develop non-invasive methods to image cells in vivo. MORE

NMR Center investigator, Dr. Ramesh Grandhi, received the best presentation award at the eighth annual University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship for his presentation entitled "The Influence of Sutureectomy on Age-Related Peridural Hyperemia in Craniosynostotic Rabbits".  MORE

Dr. Yijen Wu won 1st place research award for staff scientists at the 2012 Pittsburgh MR Imaging Retreat hosted by the Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Bistra Iordanova receives the Summa Cum Laude Award from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine for her work entitled "Mitochondrial ferritin with cytoplasmic localization as an MRI reporter in olfactory sensory neurons" presented at the 2012 annual meeting in Melbourne, Australia. This award is given to student members of the society whose abstracts scored in the top 3% of all abstracts submitted to the same general category.

Jia Zhong received Magna Cum Laude Award from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine for her work entitled "Accelerated In Vivo Cell Tracking Using Fluorine-19 MRI with Compressed Sensing" presented at the 2012 annual meeting in Melbourne, Australia. This award is given to student members of the society whose abstracts scored in the top 15% of all abstracts submitted to the same general category.

Deepak K. Kadayakkara's PhD thesis work using MRI to image inflammation in irritable bowel disease featured in an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.


Technology developed by Dr. Eric Ahrens and Celsense cleared by U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used in a Phase I clinical trial to use MRI to monitor the delivery of a dendritic cell faccine for treating colorectal cancer.  MORE  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dr. Alan Waggoner receives the Maxwell H. and Gloria C. Connan Professorship in the Life Sciences.


Frank Ye wins best presentation award for Imaging Informatics at the Pathology Informatics Meeting, Boston, MA, September 19-22, 2010, for his presentation "An Automated Algorithm for Assessing Cell Distribution in Cardiac Tissue Slides Digitized Using Whole Slide Imaging"

Li Liu awarded an American Heart Association post-doctoral fellowship to image T Cell infiltration in cardiac transplant rejection and won 3rd place for her presentation, "Tracking T Cells with a New Iron Oxide Nano-Particle for Non-Invasive Detection of Cardiac Rejection by MRI" at the annual AHA fellows day, February 18, 2011.

Danielle Eytan awarded first place at the American Heart Association's Fellows Research Day for her presentation entitled "Assessment of Macrophage Depletion on Acute Cardiac Allograft Rejection by MRI". MORE


Danielle Eytan wins the Johnson & Johnson Competition at the annual Meeting of the Minds for her undergraduate reserach presentation: "19F MRI Detection of Acute Cardiac Allograft Rejection".


Foley, L.M., Hitchens, T.K., Melick, J.A., Bayir, H., Ho, C. and Kochanek, P.M. (2008) Effect of Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase on Cerebral Blood Flow after Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury in Mice. J. Neurotrauma 25:299-310 selected for cover art in the Journal Neurotrauma. See cover.


NMR Center staff member, Lesley M. Foley, was selected as a poster finalist at the 2007 Neurotrauma society Meeting for her work titled "Effect of inducible nitric oxide synthase on cerebral blood flow following head trauma." MORE

NMR Center Investigator, Dr. Mio Manole, received 2nd prize for her poster entitled "Magnetic Resonance Assessment of Cerebral Blood Flow After Asphyxial Cardiac Arrest in Developing Rats." MORE

Dr. Chien Ho awarded a grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood institute to continue developing non-invasive MRI based techniques to detect organ rejection.


Dr. Chien Ho's research "MRI tracking of transplantation rejection" featured in "This Week in PNAS."
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Dr. Chien Ho's group Develops a non-invasive technique to detect transplant rejection at the cellular level MORE. News stories were published in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the NY times.


NMR Center staff member, Dr. Yijen L. Wu, received 1st prize for her talk titled "Non-invasive in vivo 'histology': visualizing single immune cells in acute allograft rejection after heterotopic heart transplantation with micrometer-sized iron oxide containing particles" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. MORE

Dr Eric Ahrens' work using floorine-based cellular contrast agents featured in "New and Views" in Nature Biotechnology. MORE

Dr. Eric Ahrens' work using MRI to visualize gene expression in living animals featured in The Scientist , Carnegie Mellon Today and Veterinary Sciences Tomorrow.


Dr Eric Ahrens' work, "Imaging Study Reveals Sex-based Differences That Persist As Mice Enter Adulthood", featured in Science Daily.

Dr. Eric Ahrens awarded grant from the National Institute of Biomedical imaging and Bioengineering to develop novel MRI tools to visualize individual cells in vivo. MORE


Dr. Eric Ahrens' research featured in "Medical Imaging."