Collaboration and Service Projects

Procedure for Initiating Collaborations and Service Activities
 

NAC interacts with outside researchers through collaboration and service activities. Technical innovation in NAC is driven by the collaboration between the Technical Research and Development cores (TR&Ds) and a network of key collaborating projects (CPs) and service projects (SPs) across the USA and Canada. The projects span the fields of radiology, neurosurgery, neurology, pediatrics, psychology, and more. 

If you are interested in interacting with NAC or if you have questions about NAC resources, please contact the center directors.

Service and collaboration requests are reviewed internally by NAC leadership. We will need information about what issue you need help with and why you think that NAC can help you. We will discuss your request internally and work with you to come up with a plan that is mutually beneficial.

Description of Service and Collaboration Activities

We are using here terminology as defined the PAR for BTRC's.

Service activities focus on giving outside researchers access to the results of the research performed within the center and providing resources, including access to scientific publications, tutorials and web-based support. The inclusion of new SPs is based on the relevance and fit of their neuroimage analysis research goals, as well as their interest and need for the resource center for expert consultation, access to software, and technical support. The SPs may arise organically as an outgrowth of our training and dissemination efforts, as well as via interactions at international scientific conferences. Rotation of an existing SP will be considered when these inclusion criteria are not fully met, or if an alternative SP is thought to be a more appropriate and potentially clinically significant application for NAC technologies. 

Collaborations activities with our partner projects foster the evaluation of the clinical validity and of the utility of algorithms and methods for specific medical applications. CPs often begin as SPs and then mature to CPs when the intensity of interaction increases. CPs serve the function of identifying technical problems that can be addressed through technology research using the expertise available in the TR&Ds. CP enable this by sharing data and use-case scenarios with NAC investigators. NAC scientists then investigate technologies capable of solving these biomedical challenges. 

 

List of Collaborations 2013-2018

 

NA-MIC: National Alliance for Medical Image Computing

Collaborating Investigators: Ron Kikinis, Ross Whitaker, Will Schroeder
Collaborating Institutions:  Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Kitware, Clifton Park, NY.
Funding Status: Complete
Grant Number: NIH NIBIB U54EB005149
Grant PI: Ron Kikinis, MD
Grant Period: 09/17/2004-06/30/2014
NAC Personnel and Cores: Polina Golland, Mert Sabuncu, Kayhan Batmanghelich, Adrian Dalca, Anatomical Variability Core
53 Joint Publications

National Center for Image Guided Therapy

Collaborating Investigators: Clare Tempany, Alexandra Golby, Tina Kapur
Collaborating Institution: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
Funding Status: Active
Grant Number: NIH NIBIB P41EB015898
Grant PI: Clare M. Tempany, MD
Grant Period: 07/01/2016-06/30/2020
NAC Personnel and Cores: William M. Wells, Firdaus Janoos, Spatio-Temporal Modeling of Disease; Polina Golland, George Lang, Anatomical Variability Core, C-F. Westin, Lauren O'Donnell, Microstructure Imaging Core
47 Joint Publications

Center for Functional Imaging Technologies

Collaborating Investigators: Bruce R. Rosen, Bruce Fischl
Collaborating Institutions: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
Funding Status: Complete
Grant Number: NIH NCRR P41EB015896
Grant PI: Bruce Rosen, PhD
Grant Period: 09/01/2009-05/31/2019
NAC Personnel and Cores: Polina Golland,  Anatomic Variability Core, Michael Halle, Infrastructure Core
39 Joint Publications

Novel Computational Methods from Higher Order Diffusion MRI in Autism

Collaborating Investigators: Ragini Verma
Collaborating Institutions: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Funding Status: Complete
Grant Number: NIH NIMH R01MH092862
Grant PI: Ragini Verma, PhD
Grant Period: 09/28/2010-06/31/2015
NAC Personnel and Cores: C-F. Westin, Demian Wasserman, Lauren O'Donnell, Microstructure Imaging Core
22 Joint Publications

INTRUST: Injury and Traumatic Stress

Collaborating Investigators: Ross Zafonte, Martha Shenton
Collaborating Institutions: Brigham & Women's Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA.
Funding Status: Complete
Grant Number: W81XWH-07-CC-CS-DoD
Grant PI: Martha Shenton, PhD
Grant Period: 12/01/2008-11/30/2014 
NAC Personnel and Cores: C-F. Westin, Lauren O'Donnell, Yogesh Rathi, Ofer Pasternak, Microstructure Imaging Core, Steve Pieper, Slicer Core
11 Joint Publications

Multivariate Pattern Analysis Methods for Neurogenetic Imaging Studies

Collaborating Investigator: Mert Sabuncu
Collaborating Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
Funding Status: Active
Grant Number: NIH NIBIB K25EB013649
Grant PI: Mert Sabuncu, PhD
Grant Period: 09/01/2011-08/31/2017
NAC Personnel and Cores: Polina Golland, Mert Sabuncu, Kayhan Batmanghelich, Anatomical Variability Core
Joint Publications

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE): Clinical Presentation and Biomarkers

Collaborating Investigators: Robert Stern
Collaborating Institutions:  Boston University, Boston, MA.
Funding Status: Complete
Grant Number: NIH NINDS R01NS078337
Grant PI: Robert Stern, MD
Grant Period: 08/01/2011-09/29/2014
NAC Personnel and Cores: Lauren O'Donnell, Yogesh Rathi, Ofer Pasternak, Microstructure Imaging Core
Joint Publications

Quantitative Image Informatics for Cancer Research (QIICR)

Collaborating Investigators: Ron Kikinis, Andrey Fedorov
Collaborating Institutions:Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.
Funding Status: Active
Grant Number: NIH NCI U24CA180918
Grant PI: Ron Kikinis, MD
Grant Period: 04/09/2013-08/31/2018
NAC Personnel and Cores: Ron Kikinis, Steve Pieper, Slicer Core; Lauren O'Donnell, Microstructure Imaging Core
Joint Publications

MRI-GENetics Interface Exploration: MRI-GENIE Study

Collaborating Investigator: Natalia Rost
Collaborating Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
Funding Status: Active
Grant Number: NIH NINDS R01NS086905
Grant PI: Natalia Rost, MD
Grant Period: 07/01/2015-04/30/2020
NAC Personnel and Cores: Polina Golland, Miaomiao  Zhang, Anatomical Variability Core.
Joint Publications

QIN: Quantitative MRI of Prostate Cancer as a Biomarker and Guide for Treatment

Collaborating Investigators: Fiona Fennessy
Collaborating Institutions: Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
Funding Status: Complete
Grant Number: NIH NCI U01CA151261
Grant PI: Fiona Fennessy, MD, PhD
Grant Period: 09/22/2010-07/31/2015 
NAC Personnel and Cores: Steve Pieper, Nicole Aucoin, Slicer Core
Joint Publications

Software Tools for Automated Modeling of White Matter Fascicles from Diffusion MRI

Collaborating Investigators: Bruce Fischl
Collaborating Institutions:  Boston University, Boston, MA.
Funding Status: Active
Grant Number: NIH NINDS R01NS070963
Grant PI: Bruce Fischl, PhD
Grant Period: 04/01/2011-03/31/2018
NAC Personnel and Cores: Polina Golland, Mert Sabuncu, R. Sridharan, Anatomical Variability Core
Joint Publications