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Bruce R. Rosen
Director, MGH/MIT/HMS Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Massachusetts General Hospital Charlestown, MA
Bruce Rosen is Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Director of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Rosen's research focuses on the development and utilization of physiological and functional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques and the application of this technology to solve specific biological and clinical problems.
The techniques that he and his colleagues have developed in functional imaging are being used by hospitals throughout the world to evaluate patients with stroke, brain tumors, dementia, and other mental illnesses. Recently, his work has focused on the fusion of fMRI data with information from other modalities, including very high temporal resolution signals using magnetoencephalography (MEG) and noninvasive optical imaging. By using fMRI tools to evaluate the linkage between neuronal and physiological events during periods of increased neuronal activity, his studies will allow researchers to improve their ability to interpret fMRI signal changes and develop new ways of probing brain function.