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NICHD’s Basser Honored

Dr. Peter Basser

Dr. Peter Basser

Dr. Peter Basser has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his work in developing diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging and streamline tractography, which enables neurosurgeons to visualize and avoid sensitive structures within the brain. Diffusion tensor MRI measures the diffusion of water molecules, which can be used to probe the structure and architecture of brain tissue. It is used by neurologists and radiologists to diagnose stroke, cancer and other brain disorders.

Basser is associate scientific director for imaging, behavior and genomic integrity at NICHD. Membership in NAE honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education.

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