Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Center for Magnetic Resonance & Optical Imaging

Collaborative & Service Projects

We invite investigators to join us in scientific collaborations.  New collaborative and service investigators (with extramural funding) both from Penn and other institutions are requested to submit a written proposal to the Executive Committee (via website or in person), which reviews them based upon the specific criteria discussed below.

If clinical feasibility or safety is an issue, the co-Clinical Directors of the CMROI will consult with the Clinical Advisory Board. For cases that are deemed clinically unfeasible or technically difficult, the Clinical and/or Associate Directors will work with the applicant in revising the proposal to meet the Resource standards. If the project is found to be technically unfeasible or scientifically unsound, the Executive Committee makes recommendations as to how to revise the proposal.

Collaborative Projects

1) The presence of push-pull component: project drives the innovative technical developments in at least one of the TR&Ds and serves as the test bed for evaluating such technical development and thus provides feedback to the TR&D. In turn, the TR&D advances the goals of ongoing research in the collaborative project, 2) technical feasibility, 3) clinical feasibility (if applicable), 4) clinical safety, and 5) scientific merit.

Service Projects

These projects also should have extramural funding and meet all the criteria for collaborative projects except that they do not need to have the push-pull component. In addition, the service projects may just use the existing technologies at the resource, such as pulse sequences for image acquisition and software for analyses and expertise of the resource staff for supporting their ongoing research projects.

Feasibility Studies

In addition to long-term collaborative projects, the Resource staff encourages short-term feasibility studies in order to test and develop new ideas from the collaborators and service project investigators. Feasibility studies are also important in order to gather data for NIH grant applications for full support of these studies. The technology research and development staff encourages such applications for scanner time from established as well as from young investigators. These projects will be reviewed by CAMRIS committee and those deemed to have scientific merit will be given limited number of scans (~10) free of cost. Upon submitting the progress report from these scans (in terms of publications, NIH proposals submitted etc.) they will be eligible for an additional number of free scans.