IBS Institute for Basic Science

Imaging structure, function and physiology of the whole living brain can be achieved by MRI, which is now a standard tool for human brain research. However, unlike direct invasive imaging tools such as optical imaging, MRI measures brain properties as an indirect manner via water protons and has limited spatial and temporal resolutions. Thus, we aim at developing new technologies, understanding underlying biophysics, and solving conceptual problems in MR neuroimaging to ultimately advance knowledge in neuroscience at multiple (cellular to human) levels. The current research topics include:

  •   - Investigations of fMRI signal sources with animal models
  •   - Fundamentals of MR signal and contrast, in particular, physics of magnetic susceptibility contrast and chemical exchange-sensitive contrast in high-field MRI
  •   - Development of novel fast-imaging sequences and signal detection methods