Allen Song, Ph.D.[Edit Page]

Professor and Director, BIAC

Professor of Radiology, Psychiatry,
Neurobiology and Biomedical Engineering
Duke University

Ph. D., 1995, Medical College of Wisconsin (Biophysics)

Research Interests

The acquisition methodology, processing strategies and contrast mechanism for functional MRI. Additional interests include the application of innovative fMRI acqusition and analysis methods to study functional neuroanatomy.

Research Statement

The research in this lab is concerned with the advancement of fMRI data acquisition methods that includes the development of real-time imaging using echo-planar and spiral data acquisition with high-order shimming control, development of robust and reliable single-shot image acquisition methods and optimization of the acquisition methods for improved functional sensitivity and specificity.

Our lab is also focused on understanding the contrast mechanism of the functional MRI, which includes the source localization of the functional signal using the blood oxygenation level dependent contrast and development of 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.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

Chen, NK, Guidon, A, Chang, HC, Song, AW, A robust multi-shot scan strategy for high-resolution diffusion weighted MRI enabled by multiplexed sensitivity-encoding (MUSE), NeuroImage 72:41-7, 2013.

Englander, Z, Pizoli, C, Batrachenko, A, Worley, G, Mikati, M, Kurtzberg, J, Song, AW, Diffuse Reduction of White Matter Connectivity in Cerebral Palsy with Specific Vulnerability of Long Range Fiber Tracts, NeuroImage: Clinical, 2:440-7, 2013.

Avram, A, Guidon, A, Truong, TK, Liu, C, and Song, AW, Dynamic and inherent B0 correction for DTI using stimulated echo spiral imaging, Magn. Reson. Med. 2013 (Epub ahead of print).

Han, H, Song, AW, and Truong, TK, Integrated parallel reception, excitation, and shimming (iPRES), Magn. Reson. Med. 70(1):241-7, 2013.

Song, AW, Diffusion modulation of the fMRI signal: early investigations on the origin of the BOLD signal, NeuroImage 62:949-52, 2012.

Truong, TK, Chen, NK, Song, AW, Inherent Correction of Motion-Induced Phase Errors in Multi-Shot Spiral Diffusion-Weighted Imaging, Magn. Reson. Med. 68:1255-61, 2012.

Madden, DJ, Bennett, IJ, Burzynska, A, Potter, CG, Chen, NK, Song, AW, Diffusion tensor imaging of cerebral white matter integrity in cognitive aging, Biochim Biophys Acta 1822:386-400, 2012.

Krebs, RM, Boehler, CN, Roberts, KC, Song, AW, Woldorff, MG, The involvement of the Dopaminergic midbrain and cortico-striatal-thalamic circuits in the integration of reward prospect and attentional task demands, Cereb. Cortex 22:607-15, 2012.

Chen NK, Avram AV, Song AW, Two-dimensional phase cycled reconstruction for inherent correction of echo-planar imaging nyquist artifacts, Magn Reson Med. 66:1057-66, 2011.

Truong TK, Chen NK, Song AW, Dynamic correction of artifacts due to susceptibility effects and time-varying eddy currents in diffusion tensor imaging., Neuroimage 57(4):1343-7, 2011.

Avram AV, Guidon A, Song AW, Myelin water weighted diffusion tensor imaging, NeuroImage 53:132-8, 2010.

Truong TK, Chen NK, Song AW, Application of k-space energy spectrum analysis for inherent and dynamic B(0) mapping and deblurring in spiral imaging, Magn Reson Med. 64:1121-7, 2010.

Song, AW, Truong, TK, Apparent diffusion coefficient dependent fMRI: spatiotemporal characteristics and implications on calibrated fMRI, Int J Imaging Syst Technol 20, 42-50, 2010.

Smith DV, Hayden BY, Truong TK, Song AW, Platt ML, Huettel SA, Distinct value signals in anterior and posterior ventromedial prefrontal cortex. J Neurosci. 30(7):2490-5, 2010.

Duke University Academic Affiliations

Department of Radiology
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Psychiatry and Neurobiology (secondary)

Current Committee Memberships

Medical Center Executive Committee, Duke University

Additional Education

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Lab of Brain and Cognition, NIH