The Office of the Scientific Director has established several programs and initiatives centered around a particular modality or disease, with the goal of speeding research discoveries towards clinical application. Current DIR programs focus on medical imaging and sickle cell disease.
The Imaging Probe Development Center provides DIR researchers with targeted imaging probes that help accelerate cell based assays, in vivo imaging studies, and translational research leading to better disease diagnosis. The Center comprises a core synthesis facility dedicated to the preparation of imaging probes, and a research component dedicated to the discovery of new imaging approaches and compositions.
This program is focused on development of signal processing algorithms for applications to science and medicine. Current emphasis is on improving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for cardiovascular applications.