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Multi-Disciplinary Human Imaging Program

From Radiological Sciences

The Multidisciplinary Human Imaging (MDHI) was research training program funded and supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The program integrated the research activities of physician, imaging scientist and medical physicist teams working on basic science and patient-oriented clinical investigations of the exceptional health needs of the predominantly Hispanic South Texas community. This is accomplished through three specific aims:

    1. by developing a rigorous recruiting and mentoring program for physicians and imaging scientists training in biomedical imaging of humans and/or animal models of human disease
    2. by expanding and building upon the success of the Graduate Program in Radiological Science by extension of the Resident/PhD track in Human Imaging to include clinical studies arising from the Research Imaging Core of the Frederic C. Bartter General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), and
    3. by increasing the numbers of ethnically diverse students, particularly Mexican-Americans and other Hispanic groups, trained in the conduct of human imaging research.
A distinguishing feature of this program is the direct integration of PhD graduate research education and clinical resident training in the same academic curriculum.

Resident MD/PhD students from multiple medical school departments join the pre-existing graduate program from medical physics and radiation biology. MDHI students are mentored by a network of established investigators (many with MIH funding) through collaborations fostered by five Human Imaging Research Mentorship Cores. The research cores provide infrastructure that bridges the gulfs between basic science research, translational research and patient clinical care.

Although this training program ended in August 2010, PhD-level research training of resident physicians continues in the Human Imaging Track of the Graduate Program in Radiological Sciences.

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