Welcome to the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) at Duke University Medical Center

Allen W. Song, Director

The Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) was created in 1998 as the key component of the campus-wide neuroimaging initiative. We are now home to more than sixty researchers and staff members from throughout Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and across diverse disciplines in biological science (neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, genetics), engineering science (biomedical engineering, computer science), and medical science (radiology, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, neurosurgery). We share our common goal to find interdisciplinary solutions to fundamental and clinical research questions about the human brain. Two key themes are closely weaved to achieve this goal. The first is to improve research techniques in neuroimaging, through improvements in MR pulse sequence design, applications to high-field fMRI, experimental control, and understanding of brain hemodynamics. Second, BIAC researchers investigate the functional properties of the human brain by applying these advanced research techniques into basic and translational neuroscience studies. For example, BIAC researchers investigate neural circuits and processes (e.g., memory, emotion, attention, language) in healthy and diseased brains (e.g., Alzheimer's, Autism, Schizophrenia, PTSD). Additional information on the related neuroscience research can also be found in the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences and its Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Center for Neuroeconomics Studies, as well as the Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical Center (MIRECC) at Durham VA Medical Center, all close affiliates to BIAC.

In our continued effort to improve imaging methodologies and better understand the normal and impaired brain processes in healthy and diseased populations, we combine world-class technical infrastructure, including state-of-the-art MRI research labs and advanced computational and storage facilities, with outstanding faculty and research programs. I invite you to explore our virtual home, and learn more about us to get a glimpse of the exciting research and educational activities taking place here. This is truly a stimulating time to be conducting brain imaging research, and I hope that you will join us on this endeavor.

Allen W. Song, PhD