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CBI User Groups

Image Analysis Study Group

The CBI Image Analysis Study Group is for basic and clinical scientists to meet and discuss their signal and image analysis challenges and potential solutions. The primary goal is to enable investigators to perform signal and image analyses needed to generate data for grants and publications by providing them with guidance on methodology and available software tools. Recent areas of interest have included quantification of tumor properties from diffusion-weighted images of glioma, segmentation of kidney MR images, fMRI analysis in interleaved TMS/fMRI, prostate image analysis, and EEG signal filtering.

Cancer

The Advanced Neuroimaging in Cancer Group consists of imaging scientists and clinicians interested in the potential application of advanced imaging techniques to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The focus is on advanced techniques in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Current research interestes include the potential of Diffusional Kurtosis Imaging (DKI) and perfusion in MRI for predicting response of glioblastoma to anti-angiogenic therapy, the possible correlation of DKI with the genetic profile of glioblastoma and the sensitivity and specificity of DKI for the diagnosis of radiation injury in tissue versus tumor progression. The Group meets monthly and is currently interested in expanding the type of cancers studied.   The Group encourages attendance to its monthly meetings as well as presentation of ideas and concepts for possible future research.  Please contact Dr. Giglio for details.

Addiction

The CBI Addiction Study Group is a forum for discussion of neuroimaging of addictive disorders. Topics include 1) discussion of the clinical presentation of disorders including alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, heroin, and prescription opioid abuse and dependence; 2) application of a broad spectrum of neuroimaging modalities, including functional and structural MRI, diffusion tensor and kurtosis imaging, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and methods, including network connectivity analysis; and 3) opportunities for collaboration among investigators for grant submissions. Meetings have varied formats, including journal club discussion, data presentation, grant ideas forums, and practice job or conference talks. Both clinical and basic science investigators currently involved with addiction neuroimaging projects or hoping to pursue such projects are encouraged to attend.

Brain

The CBI Brain Study Group is a forum for basic and clinical scientists to meet and discuss common interests in adolescent and adult brain imaging research. Recent areas of interest have included traumatic brain injury (TBI), pediatric and adolescent brain development, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's Disease (AD), aging, stroke, epilepsy, Autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Other areas of research interest related to brain imaging are welcome. Topics for discussion have included informal tutorials of imaging technology, descriptions of the clinical challenges in pediatric, adolescent, and adult brain diseases that are due to either a lack of knowledge or the need for technical development and the identification of individuals with common research interests and strategies for possible grant development. Although this group has diverse interests in brain research, the forum has resulted in the identification of areas of overlap and common interests and has fostered collaboration among a growing number of brain imaging researchers.

Brain Connectivity

The CBI Brain Connectivity Study Group provides a forum to discuss network- and connectivity-based analyses of functional and anatomical MRI data as well as EEG / electrophysiological data. Topics may include analysis of functional connectivity using graph-theory, seed-based connectivity or principal / independent components analyses, effective connectivity using structural equation modeling, anatomical connectivity using tractography and graph-theory and pattern classification approaches. The goal is to discuss analysis methods and strategies for investigating complex functional and anatomical brain networks. Meetings consist of discussion of journal articles, presentation of data for feedback, discussion of algorithms or analysis strategies. Investigators who conduct such analyses, or wish to conduct such analyses, are welcome to attend.

Cardiovascular Imaging

The Cardiovascular Imaging Study Group (CISG) is a forum for clinical and basic scientists to meet and discuss common interests in cardiovascular imaging research.  One goal is to catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty members to strengthen and enhance the existing cardiovascular research at MUSC.  Another goal is to discuss imaging modalities and their application, analysis methods and strategies for complex cardiac investigations.  Meetings consist of presentation of data for feedback, specific aim (grant) discussions, discussion of algorithms or analysis strategies and discussion of journal articles.  All Investigators who conduct cardiovascular research, or wish to start a new cardiovascular project potentially involving imaging, are welcome to attend.

 

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