Advanced Neuroimaging
Research Program

The Advanced Neuroimaging Research Program’s (ANRP) scientific mission is to develop advanced imaging technologies and apply them to improve diagnosis, treatment, and surgical planning for neurological diseases, ultimately leading to deeper understanding of the brain in the normal and diseased state.

As the director of ANRP, Dr. Balchandani envisions a growing number of ANRP-affiliated laboratories, spanning multiple departments in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), including Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Neurology. ANRP aims to invest in and facilitate the most innovative brain imaging research while also leveraging the technical and clinical advantages of ISMMS. This includes developing new acquisition methods, hardware, and analysis tools to enable advanced multi-modal imaging of the brain. The ANRP team ensures that infrastructure for image acquisition and preprocessing is robust and seamless. Dr. Balchandani’s goal is to increase overall NIH grant submissions and success rates within neuroimaging and to foster a cohesive set of core research projects to optimally position the ANRP for center and program grants.

Brain Research

Collaborating with institutions and investing in technology
to facilitate the most innovative brain research

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ANRP’s program directives are to develop and translate new acquisition methods, hardware, and analysis tools to advance brain imaging, and to provide comprehensive infrastructure for image acquisition and preprocessing. ANRP increases overall NIH grant submissions and success rates by identifying and fostering a cohesive set of core research projects, all of which are headed by PIs in radiology, neurosurgery, neuroscience, psychiatry, and neurology to generate program and center grants. ANRP’s overall administrative program supports and generates new grant research. We collaborate with established investigators across several departments, encouraging junior investigators to test pilot grant ideas that hold promise for future NIH grant funding. The number of cross-disciplinary R01, R21, and K grants continues to grow.

ANRP Facilities

ANRP enables comprehensive research by
providing the latest imaging equipment

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ANRP provides access to the latest imaging equipment located at the BioMedical Engineering and Imaging Institute (BMEII), including: A whole-body 7 Tesla (7T) actively shielded MR scanner, a fully integrated simultaneous MR (3T)/PET system, a 3T MRI Skyra scanner and a novel CT scanner based on a clinical dual-source CT system concept. These research-dedicated systems are available for human and large animal brain research. MRI scanners are equipped with state-of-the-art head coils and fMRI peripherals. Computational infrastructure and smart analysis pipelines for pre-processing of multi-modal neuroimaging data are also provided to enable the most advanced brain imaging research from acquisition to analysis.


Latest Publications

Artificial intelligence–enabled rapid diagnosis of patients with COVID-19

Xueyan Mei, Hao-Chih Lee, […] Yang Yang
Nat Med (2020).

Probing myeloid cell dynamics in ischaemic heart disease by nanotracer hot-spot imaging

Max L. Senders, Anu E. Meerwaldt, ... Willem J. M. Mulder
Nat. Nanotechnol. 15, 398–405 (2020).

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