Dr. Alexander Rauscher has been awarded with the highly coveted Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Developmental Neuroimaging. The CRC award is $500,000 for five years, and can be extended for another five years. With this award comes a faculty position at the Department of Pediatrics and the Child and Family Research Institute at the University of British Columbia, where he is going to continue his research on quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of brain tissue damage due to injury and disease and on methods that are able to measure tissue repair due to treatment. In babies, for instance, such brain mapping techniques will be able to show whether a new treatment is effective, years before a clinical manifestation of treatment success can be detected.
In the past, Alexander Rauscher has also been awarded the New Investigator Award for Canadian Institutes for Health Research back in June 2012. His research at the University of British Columbia helped develop a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that detects the telltale signs of multiple sclerosis in finer detail than ever before – providing a much more powerful tool for evaluating new treatments. This award was complemented by the London Drugs Award for Radiology Research Excellence a year later, for his project titled “Advanced Imaging of the Concussed Brain.”
Dr. Alexander Rauscher - Source: UBC.ca
Dr. Rauscher is a physicist by training, and he has developed and used novel magnetic resonance techniques for neuroimaging. Alexander received his masters degree in physics from Vienna University of Technology, Austria. In 2002, he pursed his PhD studies on the topic of Phase Information in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Medical University of Vienna. After a four year stint in Jena, Germany, he continued his PhD work at the UBC MRI Research Centre in Vancouver, Canada in 2007. In November 2010 he has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of British Columbia.
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