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Beckman Director's Seminar: Bruce Damon

Bruce Damon, an adjunct professor of bioengineering, will present "Quantitative MRI: A tool for studying human physiology and pathophysiology, powered by chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics" at the Beckman Institute's hybrid Director's Seminar at noon on Thursday, April 14.
Published on March 23, 2022

Bruce Damon, an adjunct professor of bioengineering, will present "Quantitative MRI: A tool for studying human physiology and pathophysiology, powered by chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics" at the Beckman Institute's hybrid Director's Seminar at noon on Thursday, April 14.

The seminar will be a hybrid event held in 2269 Beckman Institute and via Zoom. A boxed lunch will be provided to in-person attendees.

Registration is required to attend virtually or in person.


Quantitative MRI: A tool for studying human physiology and pathophysiology, powered by chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics

Bruce Damon Quantitative MRI is among the world’s premiere tools for studying in vivo human physiology. What underlies this approach is the development of a detailed, mechanistic, and quantitative understanding of how the chemical, physical, and biological properties of tissues interact in order to influence the signal behavior of MR images.

In this presentation, Damon will provide examples from skeletal muscle physiology and pathophysiology that demonstrate how understanding fundamental signal relaxation processes, such as chemical exchange, can be used to create tools for studying phenomena as different as the physiological responses of muscles to exercise and the pathological state of muscles subject to autoimmune disease.


Bruce Damon obtained his Ph.D. in molecular and integrative physiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2000, under the direction of M. Joan Dawson. Following a postdoctoral fellowship with John Gore at the Yale University School of Medicine, he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, Damon developed a research program focused on the development and application of quantitative MRI methods for studying human physiology and pathophysiology, with emphasis on the structure and function of skeletal muscle and brown adipose tissues. He also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Schools of Engineering and Medicine and, for more than five years, served as the director of the Chemical and Physical Biology Ph.D. Program.

In 2021, Damon joined Carle Health as the director of clinical imaging research and co-director of the Carle Illinois Advanced Imaging Center. He holds appointments as an adjoint professor of biomedical engineering and radiology and radiological sciences at Vanderbilt University and as an adjunct professor of bioengineering at UIUC.


Editor's note: See our Director's Seminar webpage for upcoming speakers, topics, and videos of past lectures.

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