T32 Program Potential Projects

Abdominal Imaging

UCSF has an international reputation for advanced abdominal imaging, and potential projects include imaging of gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancers, liver disease and metabolic disorders, and new contrast agent development.

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Cardiovascular and Thoracic Imaging

UCSF has a robust Cardiovascular and Thoracic Imaging research program with potential projects ranging from advanced cardiovascular CT and MRI to high resolution CT of diffuse lung disease.

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Musculoskeletal Imaging Research

Musculoskeletal Imaging Research is performed in close collaboration with Orthopedic Surgery, Epidemiology, Endocrinology and Rheumatology. It focuses on metabolic bone disease, inflammatory and degenerative arthropathies and degenerative spine disease.

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Neuroradiology Research

Research in Neuroradiology covers a whole spectrum of diseases and ranges from Alzheimer’s disease and brain tumors to traumatic brain injury and pediatric brain disease.

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Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Multiple nuclear medicine projects in developing methods for incorporating PET-CT into radiation treatment planning for cancers of the lung, prostate, head and neck. These projects are currently being conducted in cooperation with the UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology and will allow the post-doctoral trainee to develop expertise in the clinical and physics aspects of both nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.

Radioimmunotherapy projects investigating the use of radiolabeled antibodies in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. These projects will be conducted in cooperation with UCSF Oncology and will provide the post-doctoral trainee with expertise in the planning and dosimetry of radioimmunotherapy as well as the opportunity to perform research related to this cutting-edge technology.

Projects investigating the use of PET-CT in determining response to chemo- and/or radiation - therapy. These projects will allow the post-doctoral trainee to gain experience in various quantitative aspects of PET imaging and to interact closely with colleagues in UCSF Oncology.

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MR-guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

MR-guided HIFU was recently installed at UCSF and is used for treatment of uterine fibroids and bone tumors. It can be used for treatment of prostate tumors and spine facet arthropathy.


Joseph Leach, MD, PhD - T32 Fellow 2017-2018