The Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) continually pursues development of new scanning sequences, both conventional and non-conventional. Several active projects are under way on susceptibility-weighted imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy stem cell imaging, cortical imaging, including development of sequences for better detection of cortical lesions in a variety of neurological disorders. Applying new imaging strategies is also part of BNAC’s aims. Specific areas of interest include parallel imaging, propeller imaging, molecular imaging using ultra small particle ion oxide (USPIO), and a combination of PET and MRI imaging. BNAC is extending its imaging program to include animal MRI in the near future.

The MRI Sequence Development Unit develops imaging techniques such as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), voxel based morphometry (VBM) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The fMRI Subunit applies fMRI in research settings to examine the neural correlates of known motor and neuropsychological deficits in patients with a variety of neurological disorders. BNAC conducts fMRI research in patients with multiple sclerosis, stroke, mild cognitive impairment, and auditory and behavioral problems, using paradigms to assess motor ability, processing speed, working memory, and visual tasks.

The Unit includes a Research Physicist and a MRI Software Engineer.