Magnetic Resonance Center
HMRI opened the first clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) laboratories in the western United States, and our research has provided critical insight into the metabolism of heart disease and the mechanisms and growth factors of cancer.
The Magnetic Resonance Center continues to refine MRS as a clinical tool and provides training for physicians and technologists from all over the world in advanced magnetic resonance techniques. The laboratory’s work includes research on stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cancer and hepatic encephalopathy; on therapeutic monitoring following transplant surgery in the brain; and on developmental disorders in children.
In addition, HMRI co-sponsors postdoctoral fellowships with the California Institute of Technology, provides advanced training in magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and conducts a summer program for college and graduate level science students.