Main Presentation: Brain Health and Imaging by Dr. Cyrus A. Raji, MD, PhD
In his presentation, Dr. Raji will be discussing the leading edge of quantitative neuroimaging volumetrics – the measurement of brain volumes from magnetic resonance images. Volume is a vital sign for the brain. When volumes are normal, this correlates to normal neuronal function. Reduction of brain volumes is seen with various neuropsychiatric disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and traumatic brain injury. What Dr. Raji’s research has shown over the past 10 years is that brain volumes can actually change in relation to lifestyle choices from obesity to physical activity to dietary choices. This work has a tremendous impact on prevention of cognitive decline and preservation of brain health. His talk will overview these key points while presenting a framework for future growth of this new perspective in medicine.
About Dr. Cyrus A. Raji, MD, PhD
Dr. Cyrus A. Raji, MD, PhD is a neuroradiology clinical fellow and part of the NIH-funded T32 research program at the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.
Dr. Raji completed his combined MD and PhD at the NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2010. He then conducted a post-doctoral scholarship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh before completing a transitional medicine internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medicine, Mercy Hospital from 2011-2012. Following this, he completed a 4-year diagnostic radiology residency at UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Raji was funded in his PhD research as a pre-doctoral fellow by the American Heart Association and as a medical student by the Radiological Society of North America. He is currently funded by the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology. His research interests revolve around applying multi-modal structural and functional neuroimaging to neuropsychiatric disorders and head trauma. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers on these topics in such journals such as Neurology, Human Brain Mapping, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and the American Journal of Neuroradiology.
Short Presentation: 3D Printing in Healthcare by Hui Jenny Chen, MD
While 3D printing is a 30-year-old technology, its consumer applications are still at its infancy stage. Lower cost printers and materials allow for more players to get involve and identify new and interesting opportunities. This trend has received a major traction in the past couple of years and the use of 3D printers have been explored in several verticals including healthcare, where direct human benefits were witnessed by a few pioneer cases (e.g. Invisialign, hearing aids, etc…)
About Jenny Chen, MD
Jenny is trained as a neuroradiologist, founder/CEO of 3DHEALS, a company focusing on curating healthcare 3D printing ecosystem. Her main interests include medical education, 3D printing in the healthcare sector, and artificial intelligence. She is also a current adjunct clinical faculty in the radiology department at Stanford Healthcare.
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NOTE: Meeting starts promptly at 7pm. Main speaker presentation begins at 7:20 p.m.