Science Friday Talks

  • KCU's Science Friday Talks features lectures and presentations from a broad spectrum of national and international speakers on topics that are relevant to the diverse University community.

    Science Friday Talks

    Presentations are from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. in Ricci Auditorium on the KCU campus, unless otherwise noted. Lectures are open to KCU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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    Coming Up

    Dr. In-Young Choi - Feb. 19

    Imaging Brain Function and Metabolism In Vivo

    Choi_In-YoungDynamic changes in brain metabolism from the basal resting state to the active state accompany the consumption of the major energy substrate of the brain, glucose and other alternatives. Brain function is tightly linked to oxidative metabolism and reflected in cerebral blood flow changes. The underlying metabolic processes at the cellular and inter-cellular levels, including a close interaction between neuron and astrocytes, can be measured using current in vivo neuroimaging techniques.

    The advent of recent in vivo neuroimaging techniques, particularly magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy (MRI/MRS) has transformed neuroscience and neurobiology research in recent years. This talk presents some of highlights in neuroimaging research, relevant MRI/MRS measurements and clinical and pre-clinical applications of these measurements.

    Dr. Choi is currently Associate Professor of Neurology and Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology. She also serves as Director of magnetic resonance science at the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center at University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). 

    Dr. Choi is a medical physicist and neuroscientist. Dr. Choi received her PhD in Medical Physics at the University of Minnesota, and continued her postdoctoral training at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the University of Minnesota, which is one of the most leading centers in the magnetic resonance (MR) research.
    Prior to taking a position at KUMC in 2005, she was a Senior Research Scientist and Section Leader for Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy at the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging and Department of Medical Physics, at the Nathan Kline Institute in New York. 

    Dr. Choi's research focuses on the identification of quantitative, objective biomarkers of aging and a variety of neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, stroke, and Alzheimer disease, primarily utilizing advanced noninvasive in vivo magnetic resonance techniques that her team has developed. 

    For the last 10 years, Dr. Choi has been very active in sharing her expertise with a considerable number (over 50) of collaborators and investigators at KUMC and other institutions including National Institute of Health, Columbia University and University of Michigan. 

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