Dr. Peter B. Barker is a director of Magnetic Resonance Research Division in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He specializes in neuroradiology, in particular magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and imaging (MRI) techniques for the understanding and diagnosis of neurological, psychiatric and oncological diseases.
Dr. Barker received a B.A. degree in chemistry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in physical chemistry from Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at California Institute of Technology before joining the Division of Magnetic Resonance Research at Johns Hopkins in 1989. In 1994 he accepted a position in the Department of Neurology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, while teaching as an adjunct Associate Professor of Medical Physics at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. He returned to Johns Hopkins in 1997 as Associate Professor of Radiology in the division of Neuroradiology, and was promoted to full Professor in 2002.
Dr. Barker has been active in magnetic resonance research for over 30 years, since starting his graduate studies on the development of techniques for high resolution NMR spectroscopy at Oxford in 1982. After moving to Johns Hopkins in 1989, his primary research interest has been in the applications of ‘physiological’ MR techniques (e.g. MRS, perfusion imaging, and other techniques) to the human brain. Dr Barker has published more than 230 original, peer-reviewed journal articles, edited 3 books (on Clinical MR Neuroimaging, Clinical Brain MRS, and Clinical MR Perfusion), authored 36 review articles/book chapters, and given over 160 invited lectures worldwide. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board (IRB), and has served as a grant reviewer for the NIH for more than 10 years, including for the recent ‘Obama BRAIN initiative’. He has been a deputy editor for the journal ‘Magnetic Resonance in Medicine’ and a member of the editorial board of the ‘Journal of Neuroimaging’, and is a Fellow and Trustee of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).
Dr. Barker has been the recipient of numerous NIH grants and has been presented with the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award. He has served on the executive and research committees of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), and is a member of the neuroradiology program committee of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). He has served as a reviewer for more than 30 international journals, including the American Journal of Neuroradiology, Cancer Research, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Journal of Neurological Sciences, Medical Physics, Nature Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, NMR in Biomedicine, Radiology, Science Translational Medicine, and Schizophrenia Bulletin.