NAC Neuroimage Analysis Center: Core Projects

BIRN Projects


Principal Investigator:
Steve Pieper, Ph. D.
Additional investigators:
Nicole Aucoin, M.Sc.
Jonathan Sacks, Ph.D.
Sanjay Manandhar, M.Sc.
Katie Hayes, B.Sc.


The BIRN activities are essentially large-scale engineering endeavors to enable application of computationally intensive image analysis to large clinical populations distributed over several institutions. Integration of these BIRN activities with the NAC is a natural extension of the collaborative infrastructure of the NAC, whereby a solid technical foundation of data management tools allows the individual research efforts to leverage the efforts of their partners. Similarly within the BIRN environment, algorithms and software developed as part of the NAC can be deployed to multiple institutions, and technology from other institutions can be made available to the NAC investigators. We expect that the BIRN-related efforts invested in database building and software interoperability will continue to have direct benefits to the NAC.

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More in-depth examples of BIRN Projects.

Relevant Publications

Park et al. Method for Combining Information from White Matter Fiber Tracking and Gray Matter Parcellation.
Am J Neuroradiol 2004; 25:1318-1324. SPL Technical Report #475, posted October 2004.

Zou et al. A Prospective Multi-Institutional Study of the Reproducibility of fMRI: A Preliminary Report from the Biomedical Informatics Research Network.
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI'2004), Saint-Malo, France, September 26-29, 2004, LNCS 3217, pp. 769-776. SPL Technical Report #465, posted October 2004.

Pieper et al. 3D Slicer.
Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro 2004; 632-635. SPL Technical Report #448, posted May 2004.

Zou KH, Greve DN, Wang M, Pieper SD, Warfield SK, White NS, Manandhar S, Brown GG, Vangel MG, Kikinis R, Wells WM, III for the FIRST BIRN Research Group. Factors Impacting the Reproducibility of Functional MR Imaging:
Preliminary Results of a Prospective Multi-Institutional Study by the
Biomedical Informatics Research Network. Radiology 2005, Accepted.

Additional Publications Related to NAC Research

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