Prof. Dr. Kamil Uğurbil conducted a seminar at UMRAM/Aysel Sabuncu Brain Research Center on February 22, 2019.
He is a professor from University of Minessota and he is also director of Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. The title of the seminar was ‘Pushing to High Magnetic Fields in Pursuit of Understanding Human Brain Function’.
Here is his biography;
Kamil Ugurbil currently holds the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair Professorship in Radiology, Neurosciences, and Medicine and is the Director of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Ugurbil was educated at Robert Academy, Istanbul (high school) and Columbia University, New York, N.Y. After completing his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics, and chemical physics, respectively, at Columbia, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1977, and subsequently returned to Columbia as a faculty member in 1979. He was recruited to the University of Minnesota in 1982 where his research in magnetic resonance led to the evolution of his laboratory into an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research center, the CMRR.
The work that introduced magnetic resonance imaging of neuronal activity in the human brain (known as fMRI) was accomplished independently and simultaneously in two laboratories, one of which was Ugurbil’s in CMRR. Since then, his primary focus has been the development and application of methods capable of obtaining high resolution and high accuracy functional and anatomical information in the human brain, targeting spatial scales ranging from the whole brain to elementary neuronal ensembles exemplified by cortical columns and layers. This body of work has culminated in unique accomplishments, such as the first time functional mapping of orientation columns in the human primary visual cortex, and involved the development of extensive new instrumentation and image acquisition approaches, including the introduction and development of ultrahigh magnetic fields (7 Tesla and higher) for functional and anatomical imaging and highly accelerated functional brain imaging. This body of work was recognized by several awards and honors including:
IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology
Richard Ernst Lecture and Gold Medal
Election to the National Academy of Medicine
Election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (USA)
Election to the National Academy of Inventors (USA)
Membership in NIH Working Group on Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative
Honorary Doctorate (Doctorate Honoris Causa), University of Maastricht, Netherlands
Honorary Doctorate (Doctorate Honoris Causa), University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Gold Medal, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
Co-Principal Investigator, Human Connectome Project (http://humanconnectome.org/)
Membership in National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Board of Scientific Advisors
Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award
Hammett Award for Original and Distinguished Research
Columbia University, Graduate Faculties Alumni Scholar