Imaging the Living Brain

September 04, 2014

Elizabeth Hillman, associate professor of biomedical engineering and member of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, leads a team that is developing new imaging methods for the living brain. Their goal is to understand the way that the brain functions and regulates its blood flow, which can provide important clues to understanding early brain development, disease and aging. The brain increases local blood flow when neurons fire, and this increase is what is detected by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan. Hillman’s team has found that a layer of cells is capable of propagating signals important to increasing blood flow in the brain.

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