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U imaging pioneer joins Institute of Medicine

Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D.

University professor Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D., a pioneer in using ultrahigh magnetic fields to map areas of the brain, has been inducted into the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

Ugurbil, a professor in the departments of neurosciences, radiology, and medicine and director of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the Medical School, was one of 65 new members inducted in October.

“It’s a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and influential individuals to the Institute of Medicine,” says IOM president Harvey Fineberg. “Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health.”

Ugurbil’s use of ultrahigh magnetic fields to conduct magnetic resonance imaging studies has allowed researchers to map brain activity noninvasively, leading to a better understanding of such disorders as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses.

In 1982 Ugurbil joined the University, where he started in vivo magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy research, which ultimately led to the creation of the CMRR. He currently holds the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Radiology at the University.

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