Emory researchers develop visual tool to examine effects of Alzheimer’s, ASD on the brain

November 18, 2022

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Researchers at Emory University are developing a visualization tool to see how conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorder affect the brain in real time, the university said in a news release.

The National Institute on Aging and NIMH will fund the development of new positron emission tomography (PET) scans designed to show real-time brain activity as the disease progresses.


Researchers at Emory University are developing a visualization tool to see how diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorder affect the brain in real time. Source: Adobe Stock

Foundation funding will provide a total of $9.6 million over 5 years and will support multidisciplinary teams working through Emory’s Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Center and Radiopharmaceutical Discovery Program.

“We are truly honored to receive this federal support to advance our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorder using next-level PET imaging technology.” Steven Liang, Ph.Dlead author and associate professor at Emory University, said in the release.

According to Elizabeth Krupinski, Ph.Dvice chair of the Division of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, the work has “the potential to be a game changer.”

“Liang’s projects include drug discovery, radiochemistry, and translational PET imaging studies in multiple species, from rodents to nonhuman primates to humans,” Krupinski said. “We are very excited to support this fruitful collaboration and stimulate cross-departmental communication to translate fundamental discoveries in science to humans.”

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