Advisory Committee

Prof. Debiao Li is a world-renown MRI physicist. He received Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1992. He served as Assistant Professor of Radiology at Washington University, St. Louis, tenured Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, Chicago, and Director of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center. Currently he is the Director of Institute of Biomedical Imaging Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and Professor of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in Medicine and Bioengineering. Prof. Li has been in cardiovascular magnetic resonance research for more than twenty years, published more than 180 papers, received over $20 million in NIH research grants. He has made pioneering contributions in coronary MR angiography, vascular plaque imaging, myocardial perfusion imaging, and non-contrast magnetic resonance angiography. Prof. Li served as the President of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), the President of International Magnetic Resonance Angiography Working Group, board of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), President of the Overseas Chinese Society of Magnetic Resonance (OCSMRM). He is the deputy editor of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He is Fellow of ISMRM and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Prof. Graham Wright received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, US in 1991. He is currently the Director of the Schulich Heart Research Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a senior scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute, and a professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Wright was appointed the Canada Research Chair in Imaging for Cardiovascular Therapeutics in 2010. He also recently served as President of the International MR Angiography Club and Chair of the Interventional Study Group of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. The research focus of Dr. Wright’s group is cardiovascular imaging, with an emphasis on MRI. This effort includes basic biophysics to characterize the relationship between MR signals and underlying pathophysiology in blood and tissue; engineering to develop more effective methods and devices to acquire, analyze, and visualize medical images; and application of these tools to assessment, treatment planning, and therapy guidance in ischemic and structural heart diseases, complex arrhythmias, and peripheral vascular diseases. Together with trainees and collaborators, he has published over 152 peer-reviewed papers and 420 conference abstracts, which have garnered numerous awards and resulted in 20 patents. For this work, he has received substantial peer-reviewed infrastructure and operating grant funding.

Prof. Chun Yuan specializes in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) physics and technology, particularly in the areas of cardiovascular imaging. He is a Professor in the Departments of Radiology and Bioengineering at the University of Washington, director of the Bio-Molecular Imaging Center. Dr. Yuan is also the co-director of the Vascular Imaging Lab (VIL), which is recognized internationally for developing innovative MRI techniques for the quantitative analysis of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques. He is also the honorary director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging Research of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from the Beijing Normal University in 1982 and Ph.D. in Biomedical Physics from the University of Utah in 1988. From 1996-2000 Dr. Yuan received the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Research Career Development Award. He is also a founding member of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. He served in the ISMRM Award Committee from 2011-2014 and was the president of Overseas Chinese Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in 2012. He serves on the program committee of the AHA Radiology Council. He is a fellow of ISMRM and AHA. His career has been focused on developing novel imaging techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of high risk atherosclerotic lesions. He has been the PI of numerous NIH R01 grants focusing on the development of novel MRI based techniques for plaque imaging, their validation, and risk assessment based on the plaque features that can be identified by MRI. A major outcome is the identification of key plaque features associated clinical symptoms: intraplaque hemorrhage, lipid-rich necrotic core, and luminal ulceration (and/or disruption). He has over 200 journal publications.

Note:experts are listed fully in alphabetical order according to the expert's last name

The 2015-2016 Advisory Committee