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The Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) at UT Southwestern Medical Center was created in September 2005 and is located in the Bill and Rita Clements Advanced Medical Imaging Building. The AIRC is a collaborative effort between UT Southwestern and other institutions in North Texas to further the efforts of imaging and translational research.

Imaging equipment includes three whole-body human MRI scanners (two 3 Tesla and one 7 Tesla) for fMRI and spectroscopy studies, three small animal MRI systems (7T and 9.4T), a small animal PET/CT scanner, and several higher field (up to 14T) analytical NMR systems for metabolic research. The AIRC also houses a chemistry lab for research support and for the development of imaging agents used to visualize cellular functions. We will soon add a cyclotron facility for generating new isotopes for animal and human imaging.

Our twenty-four AIRC faculty actively participate in training graduate students from UT Southwestern, UT Dallas, and UT Arlington, as well as numerous international postdoctoral scientists. Training includes a broad scope of imaging interests from synthesis of new agents, investigating 13C and 2H tracers of metabolism in vivo, fMRI imaging and analysis, and in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Faculty and staff from UT Dallas' Center for BrainHealth and Center for Vital Longevity are major users of the 3T MR scanners at the AIRC for human fMRI studies.

A. Dean SherryA. Dean Sherry Heads AIRC Faculty

Dr. Sherry holds the Cecil H. and Ida Green Distinguished Chair in Systems Biology #1 at UT Dallas and holds a joint appointment at UT Southwestern as Professor of Radiology. He has over 35 years of experience in developing novel MRI imaging agents and is considered a leader in the field. His research is supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health (including a MERIT Award), the Robert A. Welch Foundation and, most recently, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) who supports a multiple institution grant entitled "Novel MRI and MRS Methods for Imaging Cancer Metabolism."