Neuroimaging RIG

The UCSF Neuroimaging Research Interest Group (RIG) studies the structure and function of the healthy and diseased brain, and develops and applies innovative methods for imaging, analyzing and monitoring the brain in neurologic and psychiatric disease.

Who we serve

The RIG’s research focuses on improving diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of patients with diverse needs related to brain health and conditions of the brain. Although the RIG is based within the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, our work is multidisciplinary, our studies range from preclinical to clinical, address basic science questions, clinical translation and routine clinical needs, and RIG members collaborate with investigators in multiple departments including in the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Pathology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesia, and Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF, and partner faculty at the University of California Berkeley.

Conditions we address

The clinical application of our research includes special focus on:

  • Normal brain development and congenital brain malformations in the fetus and infant
  • Brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and monitoring
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Psychiatric disease including schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Addiction
  • Infection and inflammatory disorders
  • Neck and back pain

Who we partner with

We look forward to building relationships a wide range of partners:

  • patients and their families
  • researchers from our own and other institutions
  • visionaries who seek to serve the populations we do
  • corporate partners in neuroscience, data science and imaging
  • donors committed to improving the lives of others

Beyond medical research

In addition to researching causes and treatments for brain disease, the Neuroradiology RIG collects and analyzes data from multiple sources and imaging modalities to better understand neurologic and psychiatric conditions. Our over-arching vision is to enable precision medicine approaches for individualized assessment and healing and population-based health approaches to addressing neurologic and psychiatric disease at a larger scale. 

Who we are

The RIG is made up of:

  • clinical and research faculty
  • postdoctoral fellows
  • research staff
  • medical and graduate students

Our Neuroimaging research labs:

Neuroimaging RIG Members: