A Message from the Director

Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD

The Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIND) is a research center dedicated to studying the causes and effects of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders, using imaging techniques such as MRI and PET. Various fields of studies, include imaging of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, Gulf War illness, and substance abuse. We also work on the development of novel powerful methods for brain MR, including spiral imaging, and new approaches for processing and multivariate statistical analysis of brain imaging. CIND is equipped with state-of-the art equipment such as a Siemens 3T Skyra, and a Siemens 7T.

Our faculty is involved in large international imaging trials such as the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) and the Parkinson’s Progression Marker Initiative (PPMI). The Center has also been involved in the development of new strategies for the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases.

In the area of MRI and image processing we work with different techniques including:

  • Ultra-high resolution structural MRI
  • Diffusion spectrum imaging
  • Dynamic, arterial-spin-labeling imaging
  • Resting-state functional MRI
  • Susceptibility-weighted imaging
  • Spectroscopic imaging and J-modulated spectroscopy
  • Bayesian image construction
  • Multivariate image analysis methods

The Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIND) is located at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) campus of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Best Regards,
Director, CIND
San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Professor in Residence
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
University of California San Francisco