How do we see inside the human brain? And why should we look?

05/08/13  Portland, Ore.

Brain imaging pioneer to speak May 13 as part of OHSU Brain Institute lecture series

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Brain Awareness Season lecture: “How do we peer deeply into the brain?” Marcus Raichle, M.D.


7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2013


Newmark Theater (inside Antoinette Hatfield Hall), 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, Ore.


President Obama's recent proposal to spend $100 million to begin mapping the human brain has brought renewed attention to the wonders of how scientists and physicians see inside the human brain.

And there are few greater pioneers in the field than Marcus Raichle, M.D., who will speak in Portland as part of the OHSU Brain Institute's Brain Awareness Season lecture series.

Raichle is known worldwide for his pioneering role in developing and using positron emission tomography, or PET, and functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, to see inside the human brain.

Raichle is professor of radiology, neurology, neurobiology and biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also co-director of the Division of Radiological Sciences at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology.

A landmark study co-authored by Raichle (Nature, 1988) described the first integrated strategy for the design, execution and interpretation of functional brain images.

And over the years, by using PET to monitor blood flow and metabolism in the human brain, Raichle and his collaborators have shown how the brain responds when a subject is asked to perform tasks like memorizing words or even simply anticipating an unpleasant experience. In addition, they have mapped areas involved in attention, analyzed chemical receptors in the brain, investigated the physiology of major depression and anxiety and evaluated patients at risk for stroke. During his Portland appearance, Raichle will talk about the development of new procedures to see inside the brain and explore the potential of brain imaging with the Obama administration’s BRAIN Initiative.

About the OHSU Brain Institute

The Oregon Health & Science University Brain Institute is a national neuroscience leader in patient care, research and education. With more than 1,000 brain scientists and specialists, OHSU is home to one of the largest communities of brain and central nervous system experts in the nation. OHSU Brain Institute scientists have won national recognition for breaking new ground in understanding Alzheimer’s disease and for discoveries that have led to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke and other brain disorders and diseases.