Allen Song, PhD

Professor in Radiology
Director of the Center for Brain Imaging and Analysis
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor in Neurobiology
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Address: 40 Duke Medicine Circle, Davison 414, Box 3918
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-1215

Research Interests

The research in our lab is concerned with advancing structural and functional MRI methodologies (e.g. fast and high-resolution imaging techniques) for human brain imaging. We also aim to improve our understanding of functional brain signals, including spatiotemporal characterizations of the blood oxygenation level dependent contrast and alternative contrast mechanisms that are more directly linked to the neuronal activities. Additional effort is invested in applying and validating the developed methods to study human functional neuroanatomy.


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