Dr. Richard Leigh research interests are focused on using technology to improve our ability to diagnose and treat acute ischemic stroke. As a software developer and a vascular neurologist he is able to design and implement algorithms to address clinical challenges. His programs have focused on using MRI to quantify perfusion deficits, identify at-risk brain tissue, and detect damage to the blood-brain barrier. He offers expertise in the interpretation of multimodal MRI in the treatment and prevention of acute ischemic stroke.
Dr. Leigh is chief of the Neuro Vascular Brain Imaging Laboratory which aims to advance the understanding, treatment, and prevention of neurologic disease by developing, implementing and validating novel imaging techniques. Although the techniques developed are often applicable to a host of neurologic conditions, there is a particular focus on using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in vascular brain disease. Although our techniques are primarily aimed at the management of stroke, they are likely to have a broad impact, improving imaging of patients with brain tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury.