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Franklin College Staff Excellence Award!

CONGRATULATIONS to our incredible MRI technologist/wizard, Ms. Kimberly Mason, who was selected for the 2014 Franklin College Staff Excellence Award in the category of Research support!  Kim has been our 3T MRI technologist since the beginning of BIRC and this is a very well deserved award. Please be sure to congratulate Kim when you next see her. Kim will be presented with a formal recognition for this award at a reception held at the Tate Student Centre Reception Hall at  3:00p on Wednesday, July 9. All are welcome to attend.


BIRC welcomes Fanning Institute’s College Bound kids!

The BIRC will welcome about 30 High School range students and have them learn about bio-imaging at UGA on Wednesday, June 25. BIRC is participating in the Fanning Summer Program Academic Offerings, a summer residential program for Georgia High School students. The outreach is an effort to serve the community.


UGA hosts Obesity, Imaging and Musculoskeletal Health Conference

The University of Georgia Obesity initiative hosted a conference titled “Obesity, Imaging and Musculoskeletal Health” on June 12, 2014. The meeting featured guest speakers from industry and academia, who addressed the use of high-resolution imaging techniques to better understand the relationships between obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, low skeletal strength and poor muscle function.

Guest speakers started the day with a small group tour of UGA’s Bioimaging Research Center led by the center’s director, L. Stephen Miller. Immediately afterward, speakers met with a select group of UGA faculty, students and staff to discuss bone, muscle and fat imaging.

Guest speakers:

Christopher M. Modlesky, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Physiology, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware

Timothy R. Nagy, Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions & Director, Animal Physiology Core, Diabetes Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mark Punyanitya, President and CEO, Image Reading Center, Inc., New York, NY.

University of Georgia student speakers:

Joseph Kindler, Department of Foods & Nutrition, College of Family & Consumer Sciences

Qingying Meng, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences

Hui-Ju Young, Department of Kinesiology, College of Education

This multi-institutional conference included attendees from Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Regents University, Georgia Regents University / University of Georgia Medical Partnership, Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Georgia.

BIRC sponsored the conference along with UGA’s Office of the President, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research and Georgia Regents University’s Institute for Regenerative and Reparative Medicine.

Recent Article Receives Media Attention

Recent BIRC/Neuroscience student Dr. Carlos Faraco, and his research advisor, Dr. Steve Miller, have received significant media attention for their recent article “Lateral temporal hyper-activation as a novel biomarker of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Neuropsychologia, 2013. Drs. Faraco and Miller provide evidence for working memory functioning as a potentially viable way to identify older adults at risk for development of dementia.

Best Student Poster Award

BIRC/Psychology graduate student Nick Puente, along with graduate students Cutter Lindbergh and Doug Terry and undergraduate students Kirstin Chu and Sarah Evans as coauthors, received a “Best Student Poster” award for their work entitled “Exploring the Relationship between Cognitive Reserve and Functional Ability: the role of cognitive functioning.” Congratulations!