Harvard professor to talk on technology for human neuro-imaging

Published: Aug 30, 2010 5:00:00 PM
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Lawrence L. Wald
Lawrence L. Wald, associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core Facility at A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences Technology, will discuss technology for ultra-high-field, human neuro-imaging at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, in 1103 Shelby Center. His seminar is part of the Samuel Ginn MRI Distinguished Lecture Series presented by Auburn University's MRI Research Center.

Wald will discuss recent experiments with high-resolution 7 Tesla MRI scanners for resolving structural and laminar features in healthy and diseased brains. His talk will focus on the development of highly parallel receive- and transmit-array technologies and the engineering challenges they present. Improvements in these technologies are expected to lead to a better understanding of the structural and functional organization within the brain’s cortical ribbon and of the pathology associated with subtle disorganization of the cortex, such as dysplasia in seizure disorder patients and gray matter lesions associated with multiple sclerosis.
  
Wald earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at Rice University and graduate degrees at the University of California-Berkeley. His research focus includes the development and application of magnetic resonance techniques for clinical and scientific investigation of brain function, with a goal of rapidly increasing the sensitivity, scope and utility of these techniques.

Founded in 2009, the Samuel Ginn MRI Lecture Series brings leaders in the field of magnetic resonance imaging to Auburn’s campus to interact with faculty and students. The series is named after Auburn engineering alumnus and wireless engineering pioneer Samuel Ginn who in 1999 donated $25 million to Auburn University with the goal of advancing his alma mater into the ranks of the nation's leader in wireless research and education.