Craig A. Branch, Ph.D.
Dr. Branch, a nationally-known radiologic researcher, directs Einstein’s Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC). Its cutting-edge technology supports translational and collaborative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) research in neurological and psychiatric disorders, cancer, and metabolic disorders. It also supports studies of cognition, and development and creation of new imaging technologies.
The use of MRI and MRS for the study of disease involves straight-forward application of existing technology, implementation of new “state-of-the-art” techniques, or development of new and novel methods for probing structure, function and metabolism.
Dr. Branch’s research has centered on the development of MRI- and MRI-based measures of brain function and their application to brain disorders. He has worked in both humans and animals to push the “limits of detectability” of pathology in brain microstructure and function using high and ultra-high (up to 9.4 Tesla) magnetic fields.
Recent research activities have involved the development of methods to study the microstructural integrity of brain white matter using imaging methods that probe water movement within axonal tissues. He developed integrative methods for the study of brain perfusion, structure, function and metabolism in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, and the detection of subtle brain injury in mild brain trauma. Dr. Branch also has studied novel magnetic resonance (MR) labeling schemes, such as labeling the neurotransmitter precursor L-DOPA with MR- sensitive tags for the study of substance abuse in animals, and using MRS to monitor in vivo proliferation of genetically modified cells labeled with MR sensitive contrast agents.
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