Provost Jeffrey L. Duerk – CoE Strategic Research Initiatives Seminars

Interdisciplinary Teams: Lessons Learned from the Technical Development and Clinical Application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Dr. Jeffrey L. Duerk
Executive Vice President and Provost,  University of Miami

Tuesday, April 2, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.

McArthur Engineering Addition, Jose Milton Leadership Hall, Room 202
1251 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

The first whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems emerged in approximately 1982. The first manuscript describing imaging of test tubes in an intentionally uncalibrated nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer had only appeared a decade before that. Between 1972 and 1982, it was primarily physicists, chemists and electrical engineers (and later, computer scientists) that drove this development. I was fortunate to enter the field in 1983. From 1983 to 1993, the MRI revolution added radiologists and other physicians (who had just advanced cross-sectional imaging with X-ray CT scanning). They joined the basic scientists to form truly unique interdisciplinary teams as new applications to brain, spine, cardiac, musculoskeletal and body imaging emerged; and with that, development focused on overcoming unique challenges of imaging these disparate physiologies in both health and disease. MRI evolved as a second cross-sectional imaging modality and ascended to a pre-eminent position. The revolution that began in about 1993—in which MRI further evolved from a diagnostic modality to one used for image-guided procedures, real-time applications for cancer treatment, and real-time therapeutic procedures like stent deployment—added not only mathematicians to the basic science side of the team, but also treating physicians on the clinical side. This talk will share some examples of both the scientific and clinical aspects of MRI and also lessons learned in forming and working in interdisciplinary teams to solve them.

Executive Vice President and Provost Jeffrey L. Duerk is the University of Miami’s chief academic officer. He is a leading expert in biomedical imaging, with a focus on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). At his former institution, he was the founding director of the Case Center for Imaging Research and a founding leader of the Cancer Imaging Program at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. He holds more than 40 patents and has been awarded numerous National Institutes of Health and industry-sponsored grants. He has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles. In 2017, he was inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Inventors.

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