Our People

Our team of MRI Scientists works on the development of new imaging techniques and on the investigation of magnetic resonance signal generation in biological tissues. We work closely with the MRI research facilities at BC Children’s Hospital and at UBC (The Child & Family Research Imaging Facility and the UBC MRI Research Centre). We are physicists within the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Pediatrics, and Radiology. Our specific interests are MR signal formation in the presence of magnetically inhomogeneous tissues, such as nerve fibres or blood vessels and the application of our new MRI techniques to the investigation of tissue damage and repair in brain injury due to preterm birth,  multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. We collaborate with various researchers from the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Pediatrics, Radiology, Neurology, Pathology, and internationally.

Vision

Magnetic resonance imaging science propels medical discovery.

Mission

To develop new scientific tools for MRI data acquisition and analysis and to share these new methods collaboratively with scientists at UBC and beyond in order to advance our understanding of the human mind and body.

MRI Science as a Catalyst for Research Excellence

Magnetic resonance imaging offers tremendous opportunity and flexibility to develop new, non-invasive techniques that can be performed repeatedly in patients and healthy subjects. An MRI scanner can be compared to a smartphone: It is powerful, but limited without additional apps. Just like smartphone apps, imaging techniques can be shared easily, thereby fostering vital collaboration amongst UBC scientists, between scientists and clinicians, with private and governmental sectors, and with national and international collaborators.

A sustainable world class research strategy related to imaging, neuroscience, and the early diagnosis and treatment of diseases must have a strong focus on the development of advanced MRI techniques.

While our expertise and research interests may be diverse, one common goal of creating a formal group of magnetic resonance imaging scientists is to foster greater coordination, cooperation and collaboration at UBC. With greater synergy of not only the people but also of the different MRI facilities, we will create a whole that is greater than the sum of our parts.

Quantitative scans that are able to accurately and objectively measure the effectiveness of new treatments are urgently needed across the spectrum of diseases and disorders. New imaging markers will accelerate the search for effective interventions by measuring treatment effects within weeks or months rather than years. Additionally, this work will dramatically increase UBC’s research output: we will be performing measurements no one else can perform, paving the way forward for all scientists at UBC. Innovative magnetic resonance image acquisition and analysis will expand UBC’s research capacity and increase our ability to become leaders in many fields of science. By only applying today’s current techniques, we would merely be following in the footsteps of others, thus holding back our potential to lead the way.

Exclusive access to new MR imaging methods gives UBC researchers a competitive advantage in raising funds from donors and funding agencies. The broad range of potential new imaging applications not only increases utilization of UBC’s MRI facilities, but also strengthens grant applications that build on new tools of observation that no other institution has access to. The work will also lead to increased participation in larger clinical trials that make use of imaging, further strengthening UBC’s partnership with industry.