McGovern Medical School Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging ranks high in the nation for funding in basic science research from the National Institutes of Health. Our research in MR imaging and in high resolution ultrasound techniques is world class. Below is a brief description of these programs along with our progressive clinical research areas.
Ponnada Narayana, Ph.D., DABR, is a Professor of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, Vice-Chair of Research, and the Director of Magnetic Resonance Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He also holds an Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering. He holds adjunct appointments at the UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Houston.
He served on numerous NIH Study Sections. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and is a reviewer for a number of major neuroscience journals.
Dr. Narayana’s major research interests include Quantitative Magnetic Resonance of Central Nervous System, Patient Adaptive MRI, Development of Advanced Magnetic Resonance Techniques, and Image Processing with an emphasis on automatic analysis, particularly for analyzing large datasets.
Dr. Narayana directs a state-of-the-art 3T whole body MRI scanner and 7T animal-dedicated MRI scanner. His funded research includes traumatic spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, and multiple sclerosis.
He served as primary mentor training 18 graduate students (3 of them are MD/PhD students), 23 post-doctoral fellows. He also mentored 12 junior faculty members.
He so far has authored/coauthored 265 publications in peer-reviewed and prestigious scientific journals and numerous book chapters. His honors include UTHealth Presidential Scholar, elected Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and Distinguished Academy of Radiology Researcher. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology in Radiological Physics. He received the Presidential Scholar award in 2006.
He has been funded by NIH continuously for the last thirty years. He is the PI on the following grants:
- Automated MR Image Analysis in MS: Identification of a Surrogate (NIH)
- MRI of Angiogenesis in Spinal Cord Injury (NIH)
- Mission Connect Mild TBI Translational Research Consortium (DoD)
- Translational MR Imaging In Cocaine Pharmacotherapy Development
- Image Analysis Center (along with Dr. Sean Savitz) (SanBio and Sunovion/SanBio clinical trials)
Congratulations Dr. Refaat E. Gabr and Dr. Ponnada A. Narayana for the Real-time MRI analysis powered by Supercomputers research!