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Jeff Bulte Wins Gold Medal For Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research

Jeff Bulte receives a Gold Medal from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Jeff Bulte receives the Gold Medal from ISMRM

May 2014—On May 12, Jeff W.M. Bulte, Ph.D., was awarded a Gold Medal by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). The honor, ISMRM’s highest, recognizes Bulte for developing the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) cell tracking. The technique “labels” transplanted cells, such as stem cells, to make their position detectable by MRI.

“It’s great to see Jeff’s accomplishments recognized by his peers in this way,” says Ted Dawson, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of neurology and neuroscience and director of the Institute for Cell Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Since pioneering cell tracking as a graduate student 25 years ago, he has continuously honed the technique and found new ways to potentially apply it in the clinic.” In 2004, Bulte, a professor of radiology and director of cellular imaging in the Institute for Cell Engineering, was part of the team that performed the first study of MRI cell tracking in humans.

The ISMRM is a multidisciplinary nonprofit association that promotes the innovation, development and application of magnetic resonance techniques in medicine and biology throughout the world. Bulte received the award at the society's annual meeting in Milan, Italy.

—Shawna Williams

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