Research Areas

Cardiovascular Imaging: Clinical Research

Major Investigators and Collaborators: Reza Arsanjani MD, Noel Bairey Merz MD, Daniel Berman MD, John Friedman MD, Sean Hayes MD, Rola Saouaf MD, Louise Thomson MBChB

Our research objectives are (1) to develop and validate cardiac SPECT, PET, CT and MRI methods for optimal application to patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease for prevention of cardiac events in asymptomatic patients, diagnosis in symptomatic patients, risk-stratification, and guiding patient management, and (2) to develop technical approaches that increase the information provided by the test and objectify the performance, analysis and interpretation of test results so that our results can have maximal generalizability.


Cardiovascular Imaging: Technical and Translational Research

Major Investigators: Rohan Dharmakumar PhD, Zhaoyang Fan PhD, Debiao Li, PhD, Behzad Sharif PhD

Our research objectives are (1) to develop novel MRI techniques for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and therapeutic monitoring of cardiovascular disease, particularly coronary artery disease, and (2) to apply and validate these technique in animal models and patients, in close collaboration with clinicians.


Cardiovascular Imaging: Quantitative Image Analysis

Major Investigators and Collaborators: Damini Dey PhD, Guido Germano PhD, Piotr Slomka PhD

Our research objectives are to development and validate novel computer techniques, to enhance and quantify the information derived from complex multidimensional cardiac images. 


Oncology and Metabolic Imaging

Major Investigators and Collaborators: Leland Chung PhD, Benedick Fraass PhD, Julia Ljubimova MD, PhD, Ramachandran Murali PhD, V. Krishnan Ramanujan PhD, Rola Saouaf MD, Shawn Wagner PhD, Alan Waxman MD

Our research objectives are to develop new and better methods for cancer detection, monitoring and treatment evaluation through the use of the translational Research Imaging Core and collaboration with clinicians. The program is based on developing faster and higher resolution techniques as well as research into directly imaging the metabolic changes that occur with cancer. The program builds on the core research programs available at Cedars-Sinai to develop new cancer targeting contrast agents and also introduces new technology that can greatly enhance the MR signal.


Neuroimaging Research

Major Investigators and Collaborators: Keith Black MD, Patrick Lyden MD, Franklin Moser MD, Barry Pressman MD, Nancy Sicotte MD

Our research goals are to develop and apply advanced PET and MRI techniques in basic and clinical neurological and neuro-oncology research, focusing on five areas: Neuro-oncology, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, and Dementia.


MR Imaging & Spectroscopy in Diabetes and Obesity

Major Investigators and Collaborators: Richard Bergman PhD, Lidia Szczepaniak PhD

Our research goals are to develop and apply MR imaging and spectroscopy for obesity and type 2 diabetes.


Skeletal Regeneration and Stem Cell Therapy Imaging

Major Investigators and Collaborators: Dan Gazit PhD, DMD, Wafa Tawackoli, PhD

Our research goals are to develop and apply novel MRI and PET imaging techniques for skeletal regeneration and stem cell therapy.


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