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Imaging My Brain
R. Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Diagnostic Radiology Department, and Associate Director
for Radiologic Imaging Sciences,Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical
Center, National Institutes of Health
Ever wondered what the inside of your brain
looks like? You're not alone. Fascination with seeing inside the
human body spurred the development of one of the most important
diagnostic tools available to medical professionals: radiology,
or x-rays. In the past decade, the newer imaging techniques of
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and
positron emission tomography (PET) have provided doctors with
powerful tools to diagnose illnesses. These techniques are now
being used to take doctors on "virtual tours" of internal
organs, offering a noninvasive way to examine, for example, the
lungs or colon. Tonight you'll take a "virtual tour"
of the brain of our speaker, Dr. R. Nick Bryan.
Dr. Bryan says his "business and bizarre hobby is looking
at the human brain." He was named director of the Diagnostic
Radiology Department and associate director for radiologic imaging
sciences at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) this past January. In addition to his
Clinical Center responsibilities, Dr. Bryan holds a joint appointment
with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
As associate director for radiologic imaging sciences, Dr.
Bryan oversees the Nuclear Medicine Department, the PET Department,
and the Laboratory of Diagnostic Radiology Research (LDRR). The
LDRR was established at NIH in 1989 to focus efforts on basic
research in medical imaging and to supplement teaching programs
in imaging research.
Dr. Bryan's primary research interests are stroke and functional
brain imaging. He served from 1988 until 1998 as professor of
radiology and neuroradiology and as director of the neuroradiology
division at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He
was a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery from 1990
to 1998 and was a Fulbright senior scholar in Marseilles in 1994
After completing his pre-med work at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Bryan
earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas
Medical Branch. After an internship and residency there, he held
an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in neuroanatomy at the Marine Biomedical
Institute and an NIH special fellowship in neuroradiology at the
Neurological Institute of New York.
Prior to his Hopkins appointment, Dr. Bryan was at Baylor College
of Medicine, where he directed the Biomedical Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance Center, served as professor of radiology, and as professor
in the Center for Biotechnology. He also directed MRI services
at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.
A past president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology
and of the American Society of Neuroradiology, Dr. Bryan is on
the board of directors of the Radiological Society of North America.
He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Imaging, is deputy editor of the American Journal of Neuroradiology,
and is on the editorial advisory board of Neuroscience Forum.
For more information
about the Clinical Center and its Medicine for the Public lecture
series, contact CC Communications (OCCC@nih.gov),
of Health, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
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