General Electric (GE), the State University of New York at Buffalo, Kaleida Health, and University Neurology, Inc (on behalf of BNAC) recently signed a Research Collaboration Agreement. The main research objectives of this research program are the investigation and development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications and technology using GE’s MRI systems. Specifically, the research program will include, but not be limited to, the following goals:
- the advancement of applications and technical knowledge of MRI equipment through a range of investigational subjects, including studies of MRI using new acquisition, processing capabilities or protocols for various anatomic regions and indications;
- the determination of differential clinical applications for MRI, including studies on its cost effectiveness and its usefulness in predicting or improving patient outcomes and/or modifying patient management;
- the provision of product planning inputs for product system design, upgrades, and enhancements of GE MRI systems;
- the performance of studies relating to the development of an integrated examination that encompasses imaging, data handling, data processing, and other relevant inquisitional and analytical capabilities; and
- the clinical evaluation by the Department and Group of various Works-in-Progress as may be requested from time to time by GE.
BNAC Director, Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, serves as the Principal Investigator for the agreement. BNAC and the Buffalo Niagara MRI Center of Kaleida Health have established dedicated research hours on both the 1.5T and 3T GE MRI scanners. During these research hours, BNAC experts develop new sequence and protocols on different anatomical areas and validate already developed protocols in normal controls (NC) and patients with various disease states, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, mild cognitive impairment, etc.