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The Imaging Core can assist with image acquisition and state of the art analyses using multi-modal MRI sequences and methods. Imaging data is uploaded to the ADRC Data and Informatics core, where several imaging databases are available (e.g., ADNI, Aging Brain program project) to investigators.)

Leadership team

Arthur Toga, PhD., Leader

Dr. Toga has a career-long record of funding and publication in the analysis, modeling and atlasing of images obtained from many species including humans. He has developed unique mathematical techniques for global and local warping of images, atlasing and multidimensional modeling as well as visualization of composite brain image sets. He directs several national and international collaborative studies that involve multisite acquisition of data, coordination of analysis, and dissemination of data and results. The USC Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics (INI) and his laboratory coordinates neuroimage analysis and related informatics activities with national and international collaborators and, as such, is a worldwide resource by virtue of these distributive activities. Dr. Toga has experience and expertise in local and wide area computer networks, data transmission, storage and archiving as well as data compression and scientific visualization. He has developed a comprehensive supercomputing facility for brain mapping incorporating the latest technology in the analysis of structure and function of the brain in health and disease.

Ioannis Pappas, PhD., Co-Leader

Dr. Pappas, who joined the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute (INI) as an assistant professor of research neurology, conducts multimodal studies of patients with brain injury and stroke. He used functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as structural methods including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), to study how neural connectivity changes in patients who are unconscious and whether those changes can predict recovery over the long term.