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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."


Miroslaw JanowskiDr. Janowksi Wins Stroke Reviewer Award

February 2021

Congratulations to Miroslaw Janowski, MD, PhD, who was one of twenty Stroke board members to receive the fourth annual Outstanding Reviewer Award.

The criteria used to select the outstanding reviewer awards are the total number of reviews performed, the quality of the reviews, and the turnaround time of the reviews.


Muhammad G. Saleh, PhDDr. Muhammad Saleh Joins CAIR

December 2020

Muhammad Saleh, PhD, joined UMB as a research associate after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University of School of Medicine. His expertise involves developing accelerated, edited MRS methods, integrating motion correction technology with MRS methods, and applying them to study several neurological diseases. Welcome, Dr. Saleh!


Collage of speakers

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.

Clockwise from top left:

Kim Butts-Pauly, PhD, Director, Radiological Sciences Laboratory, Stanford University
Zahi A. Fayad, PhD, Director, Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging (Stanford AIMI Center)
Peter C.M. van Zijl, PhD, Director, F.M. Kirby Research Center, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Daniel K. Sodickson, MD, PhD, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Radiology, NYU Langone Health
A. Dean Sherry, PhD, Director, Advanced Imaging Research Center at UT Southwestern

Dr. Chang receiving awardMezrich Research Prize awarded to Dr. Linda Chang 

‌October 2020

Linda Chang, MD was awarded the Reubin S. Mezrich Research Prize during a Research Day Celebration in October 2020. Elias Melhem, MD, Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine gave the award to Dr. Chang. The Research Day Celebration was held as a hybrid in-person and Zoom event.

Notebook with Grants on spineGrants and Contracts

Congratulations to CAIR faculty on the following awards:

Linda Chang, MD, MS, and Thomas Ernst, Dr rer nat, PIs of UMB’s site of the landmark Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, were awarded a seven-year renewal of the grant (2020-2027). The amount of the grant is $13,098,568.

Sui-Seng Tee, PhD was awarded a two-year, $397,258 grant from NIH for “Fructose Metabolism as a Biomarker for Monitoring Hepatocellular Carcinoma.”

Dirk Mayer, Dr rer nat was awarded $424,875 for a two year R21 grant from NIH/NIBIB for “Enzyme-enabled hyperpolarized 13C MRI for antibody-targeted imaging”

logo of the abcd studyABCD Study in Baltimore Completes Recruitment

October 15, 2018

The University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) site of the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study has completed recruitment, as part of the largest long-term study of child health and brain development in the US. The research team has successfully enrolled 605 children ages 9 and 10 years (50 more than initially targeted), contributing to the ABCD consortium,  which has enrolled 11,877 children across the nation. We will be following the children and their families over the next 8 years or longer.

We are extremely grateful to all the families that are participating in this national study!

Click here for more information about the ABCD study

Arrival of PET-MR‌Early installation of PET-MR system Scanner

‌October 2018

The Siemens PET-MR scanner (mMR BioGraph) has arrived at the new HSF-III reseach building  of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

This is the first PET-MR system in Maryland outside of NIH. It combines a 3 Tesla whole-body MRI with a positron-emission tomography (PET) scanner.

Learn more about the PET-MR scanner

child in mri scanner
labelled Huge Study of Teen Brains Could Reveal Roots of Mental Illness, Impacts of Drug Abuse

January 3, 2018

by Meredith Wadman
Science Magazine

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Radiology Research Update LogoRadiology Research Update

Newsletter published by the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Radiology Research Update: Spring 2021