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The mission of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology (MRIIT for short; pronounced 'emrit ) is to develop MRI data acquisition, image reconstruction and processing techniques, and to apply these methods for the diagnosis and monitoring of brain disease. MRIIT is part of the Medical Imaging Research Center and the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering.

MRIIT is home of the IIT Human Brain Atlas. The atlas contains: anatomical, DTI, HARDI templates, probabilistic gray matter labels, and probabilistic connectivity-based multi-layer white matter labels. To download the atlas, please click on the Downloads button.

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Invited Talk [Apr 2017]

Dr. Arfanakis delivered an invited presentation on: Diffusion Imaging in Aging.

ISMRM 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii

Award [Apr 2017]

Nazanin Makkinejad received the 2017 ISMRM Merit Award magna cum laude for her work on: Effects of TDP43 pathology on amygdala volume and shape.

ISMRM 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii

New Paper [Apr 2017]

Identification of genes associated with dissociation of cognitive performance and neuropathological burden: Multistep analysis of genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptional data.

PLoS Med (in print)

New Paper [Mar 2017]

Ex vivo MRI transverse relaxation in community based older persons with and without Alzheimer's dementia.

Behav Brain Res 2017;322(Pt B):233-240

MarkVCID kickoff [Feb 2017]

Dr. Arfanakis presented at the MarkVCID kickoff meeting of participating sites.

MarkVCID, Houston, Texas

New Paper [Jan 2017]

Novel genetic loci associated with hippocampal volume.

Nat Commun 2017;8:13624.

New Paper [Dec 2016]

Novel genetic loci underlying human intracranial volume identified through genome-wide association.

Nat Neurosci 2016;19:1569-1582.

New Paper [Jul 2016]

Effects of Endurance-Focused Physical Activity Interventions on Brain Health: A Systematic Review.

Biol Res Nurs (in print)


    Current research at MRIIT focuses on: a) human brain atlases, and b) multi-modal in-vivo and ex-vivo MRI in aging and dementia. Just a few examples of our projects are:

  • Development of brain atlas resources for neuroimaging research
  • Development of translational ex-vivo brain MRI techniques
  • Development of MRI-based biomarkers of age-related neuropathology
  • Multi-modal in-vivo MRI investigation of aging

  • Publications