Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, has been awarded the 2016 Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) for her innovative contributions to the development of quantitative imaging methods.
Her research has potential for personalizing treatments for patients, and it is a significant step forward in setting up the precision medicine framework for musculoskeletal diseases.
“Dr. Majumdar has been a leader in MRI for 30 years and has in particular pioneered the development and applications of quantitative imaging to diagnose and understand musculoskeletal disorders,” said John C. Gore, PhD, professor of Radiology and Radiologic Sciences and Director of the Institute for Imaging Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “Her work has had broad translational impact on the clinical management of common problems of joints and cartilage.”...
How people walk, jump and run and how their knees look in an MRI scanner may hold the secret to predicting years or even decades in advance whether they will develop osteoarthritis, the common degenerative joint disease that strikes half of all Americans by the time they reach the age of 70.
Doctors today cannot look at a person’s gait, leap, stride or scan and tell you definitively whether or not they will develop osteoarthritis, but a new translational research center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and the University of California, Davis seeks to change this.
Funded by a $6.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the center will bring together radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, laboratory scientists, mathematicians and physical therapists under one umbrella with a single purpose: finding new tools for predicting and preventing osteoarthritis in young people and improving care and outcomes for the tens of millions of American adults already suffering from the disease.
“Osteoarthritis is one of the major age-related illnesses of our times, and there’s no way to slow or reverse it once it starts,” said Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, UCSF Professor in Residence and Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. “The diverse group of experts at the center will all be seeking to address this problem, but from different perspectives, integrating imaging, biomechanics and the symptoms of the individual.”...
UCSF students will soon have the opportunity to broaden their investigative projects with a comprehensive understanding of imaging as part of a new Master’s Degree Program in Biomedical Imaging (MBI) launching this fall.
“We are the leading health science campus for the UC system and have faculty and physicians who have embraced quantitative imaging,” said Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, professor of radiology and biomedical imaging and co-chair of the MBI program committee. “We are uniquely positioned because of our resources and faculty expertise.”
One of the first programs of its kind, the MBI is intended for students with bachelor’s degrees, advanced pre-doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, researchers and faculty who want to have a deeper knowledge of imaging techniques. The master’s degree may be completed in one year of full time study or completed on a part time schedule but in an interval not to exceed three years....