A better understanding of how the human brain works and how alterations in its normal functional mechanisms may lead to different brain disorders/diseases is among the most important research in the new century. The BRIAN Initiative recognizes this importance and calls for revolution in our understanding of the human brain. Innovative neuroimaging techniques and applications represent a unique strength due to their noninvasive nature and great translational prospects, and thus are key to the success of this initiative.
The Neuroimaging Research Program at the Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Imaging Research Institute (BIRI) is dedicated to building a solid brain research program to better understand the mechanisms underlying central nervous system development and diseases. Leveraging advanced neuroimaging techniques (e.g., PET and MRI) and novel analytical tools, we work closely with clinicians to improve our understanding of the brain’s development and functional mechanisms in both normal and at-risk/diseased populations. Our long-term mission is to derive imaging-based objective biomarkers to aid early diagnosis and better monitoring of various brain disorders/diseases, as well as to provide more effective guidance for potential intervention and treatment strategies.