How far can we push MRI to characterize tissue microscopic properties?

Corey Baron, PhD, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is developing imaging biomarkers for ultra-high field MRI to learn more about the brain and improve disease diagnosis.

Corey Baron, PhD, is developing innovative and robust methods to measure the microscopic properties of brain tissue, such as cell shape or inflammation, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Applying these methods, his research team is able to learn more about neurological disease, as well as healthy brain development. This type of imaging allows the researchers to better characterize tissue changes, providing insight for the development of interventions and diagnostic tools.  

The long-term goal is to be able to better characterize the specific tissue properties of a disease and use that to improve patient care.

Baron is an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Daring to Ask is a series that profiles Canada Research Chairs and Endowed Research Chairs at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. These researchers are advancing knowledge in their respective fields, asking and answering questions that challenge the status quo and seeking to improve patient care. It is essential research made possible by generous donors and the investment of funding agencies.