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Center for Advanced Imaging Research (CAIR)

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Health Sciences Facility III
670 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Housed in the new HSF-III facility at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Center for Advanced Imaging Research (CAIR) was created in 2018 to consolidate major research resources in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.

CAIR focuses on developing and using cutting edge imaging modalities such as advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), hyperpolarized imaging, positron-emission tomography (PET), and focused ultrasound. These techniques are used in groundbreaking ways to help scientists understand disease processes and advance diagnostic imaging, with the ultimate goal of improving treatment to patients in the clinical setting.

CAIR is supported by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal and foundation funding.


Spontaneous Disease in Pets to Develop New Devices and Imaging Protocols 12-1pm | Zoom/Meeting ID: 985 9320 1228 Passcode: 463292

EVENT: Imaging Science Seminar
Dara L. Kraitchman, VMD, PhD
Director, Center for Image-Guided Animal Therapy
Professor, Radiology and Radiological Science
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

27 OCT
Beyond the McDonald Criteria: Which Advanced Multiple Sclerosis Imaging Markers Should Make It to Your Workstation? 12:30-1:30 | Main Radiology Conference Room (N2E14C) and via Zoom photo of Dr. Daniel Reich

EVENT: Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine John Dennis Lecture
Daniel Reich, MD, PhD
Senior Investigator, Translational Neuroradiology Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Attending Physician, National Institutes of Health

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Drs. Gullapalli and Sawant Receive NCI Grant

Rao P. Gullapalli, PhD, MBA, Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, and Amit Sawant, PhD, Professor and recently appointed Vice Chair for Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology were awarded more than $3 million in federal funding from the National Cancer Institute to conduct a study to develop a new precision-based medicine approach to treat lung cancer patients with radiation therapy. They will serve as co-principal investigators on the 5-year RO1 grant, which involves an academic–industrial partnership with Robin Medical, Inc., based in Baltimore, MD.

Building on previous collaborative research studies, the researchers will use four-dimensional (4D) imaging with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) to help refine and improve “motion management,” a type of radiation technology that senses and accounts for lung motion during radiation therapy. The added fourth dimension is time, and the researchers plan to develop a system that uses the two imaging modalities in real time to account for the movement of lungs as a patient inhales and exhales during a procedure.

Read more about it: NCI Grant

Linda Chang, MD, MSDr. Chang Receives Avant-Garde Award

Linda Chang, MD, MS, received the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 2021 Avant-Garde Award (DP1) for HIV/AIDS and Substance Use Disorder Research, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award. This prestigious award supports researchers with exceptional creativity, who propose high-impact research with the potential to be transformative to the field.

Read more about it: Avant-Garde Award




Dipanjan Pan, PhD

Dr. Pan Develops COVID-19 Tests

July 2021

Dipanjan Pan, PhD, and his team developed two, highly sensitve and rapid tests for COVID-19.

Dr. Pan's team includes UMSOM research fellow Maha Alafeef, UMSOM research associate Parikshit Moitra, PhD, and research fellow Ketan Dighe, from UMBC.

Read more about it in: Research and Discovery News




Metabolism moleculeDr. Cao & Colleagues Publish Groundbreaking Research in Alcohol Metabolism in the Brain

March 2021

Qi Cao was co-first author with Shiyun Jin of "Brain Ethanol Metabolism by Astrocytic ALDH2 Drives the Behavioural Effects of Ethanol Intoxication," which was the featured cover article of Nature Metabolism. According to a press release issued by the journal, "The behavioural effects of alcohol intoxication may be caused by alcohol breakdown products (metabolites) produced in the brain, and not in the liver, in mice...These findings provide new insights into how alcohol may affect the brain and open the possibility of better regulation of the effects of alcohol on behaviour."

Jin SY, Cao Q, Yang FH, Zhu HY, Lin YH, Cinar R, Pawlosky R, Xiong W, Gao B, Koob G, Lovinger D, Zhang L. Brain ethanol metabolism by astrocytic ALDH2 drives the behavioural effects of ethanol intoxication. Nature Metabolism, 3, 337-351 (2021).

Drs. Leon and EladJose Leon Presents at Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing

March 2021

Jose Leon, MBA, RT, PET/MR Technologist, along with Elad Nevo from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, presented “PET/MR: A Clinical Perspective” at the 40th annual convention of the Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing (ARIN) on March 20, 2021.

Linda Chang and Eleanor WilsonDrs. Chang and Wilson Awarded NINDS Grant

March 2021

Linda Chang, MD, Professor, and Eleanor Wilson, MD, MHS, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Institute of Human Virology), were awarded $424,874 for an 18-month grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for "Neuroimaging and Behavioral Studies to Assess for Neuroinflammation in COVID-19 During Convalescence."


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External Advisory Committee Convenes

November 20, 2020

The purpose of the External Advisory Committee is to critically evaluate the various CAIR projects and advise the leadership on the scientific direction of the Center. The EAC's inaugural meeting was held on November 20 and will meet annually hereafter. 

CAIR leadership thanks the committee members for their time, effort, and feedback.

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Summer 2020

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Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

Drs. Linda Chang and Thomas Ernst, and their colleagues are seeking volunteers for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study.

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