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January 2, 2018 - Dr. Russlle Chan and Dr. Alex Leong's work was reported as one of the Biggest Science News Stories of 2017 by Technology Networks.


December 14, 2017 - "The hippocampus is the beating heart of the brain", the work of two members of BISP Lab, Dr. Russlle Chan and Dr. Alex Leong, was reported as one of the Top 10 Neuroscience News Stories of 2017 by Technology Networks. (Please use Ctrl+Click to visit the weblinks.)

August 15, 2017 - An article titled Low-frequency hippocampal-cortical activity drives brain-wide resting-state functional MRI connectivity has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). The hippocampus with its dense reciprocal axonal projections to and from cortex is widely believed to mediate numerous cognitive functions. However, it is unknown whether and how specific hippocampal–cortical activity contributes to the brain-wide functional connectivity. Here, we use optogenetics and fMRI to examine how excitatory neural activity initiated in the dorsal dentate gyrus of the hippocampus propagates and modulates resting-state fMRI (rsfMRI) connectivity. We discover its robust propagation brain-wide at low frequency (1 Hz), which enhances interhemispheric rsfMRI connectivity and cortical and subcortical visual responses. Our findings highlight the important role of slow hippocampal–cortical oscillatory activity in driving brain-wide rsfMRI connectivity and mediating sensory processing.

April 26, 2017 - Mr. Alex Tze Lun Leong, a PhD student of the BISP Lab has received 1st Place OCSMRM Young Investigator Award for "AT Leong, RW Chan, PP Gao, YS Chan, KK Tsia, WH Yung, EX Wu: Long-range projections coordinate distributed brain-wide neural activity with a specific spatiotemporal profile".

April 22, 2017 - Five members of BISP Lab have received merit awards at the 2017 Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB in Honolulu, USA, including 3 Summa Cum Laude Awards (Y Liu, M Lyu and Y Qiu) and 2 Magna Cum Laude Awards (CM Dong and AT Leong).

January 14, 2017 - BISP Lab members went to Mount Butler for hiking, and enjoyed lunch together afterwards.


October 25, 2016 - An article titled long-range projections coordinate distributed brain-wide neural activity with a specific spatiotemporal profile has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). What makes the brain tick? A simple yet challenging question that has captivated our minds for centuries. This sentiment was fittingly reflected in the launch of The BRAIN Initiative 3 years ago, spurred by the rapid advancement of noninvasive brain imaging and neuronal mapping technologies that have advanced our understanding of neural networks, which are central to brain functions and behavior. Here, we study the patterns of large-scale brain-wide interactions mediated by thalamo-cortical networks through optogenetics and functional MRI. We found that the thalamus can recruit long-range cortical and subcortical networks and initiate their interactions in a spatiotemporally specific manner. This finding provides a fresh impetus to study the mysteries of the brain.

May 7, 2016 - Three members of BISP Lab have received merit awards at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB in Singapore, including Summa Cum Laude (RW Chan and AM Wang) and Magna Cum Laude (CM Dong).


June 5, 2015 - Five members of BISP Lab have received merit awards at the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, including Summa Cum Laude (RW Chan, LC Ho, AM Wang and TL Leong) and Magna Cum Laude (JW Zhang).


May 16, 2014 - Four members of BISP Lab have received merit awards at the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB in Milan, Italy, including Young Investigator Finalist (P Cao), Power Poster Presentation & Summa Cum Laude (IY Zhou) and Magna Cum Laude (X Liu and PP Gao).

January 1, 2014 - Prof. Ed X. Wu has been elevated to Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to “in vivo magnetic resonance imaging methods”. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the Association’s most prestigious honors, elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.


December 1, 2013 - Mr. Peng Cao, a member of the BISP Lab (PhD student: 2009-2014), has been selected as one of the three finalists for the I.I. Rabi Award in Basic Science (2014 ISMRM Young Investigator Award) for "P Cao, SJ Fan, AM Wang, VB Xie, ZW Qiao, GM Brittenham, EX Wu: Diffusion magnetic resonance monitors intramyocellular lipid droplet size in vivo". The I.I. Rabi Award is given for original basic science research in magnetic resonance. This includes reports of new MR methodologies and understanding of MR signals, aimed at either human or animal subjects.

April 30, 2013 - Prof. Ed X. Wu has received Lam Woo Endowed Professorship in Biomedical Engineering. "The Lam Woo Foundation supports education, social welfare and medical facilities in both China and Hong Kong. Biomedical engineering encompasses engineering and medicine, leading to numerous advances in diagnosis and treatment. It is most appropriate for us to endow this professorship." - Lam Woo Foundation

April 26, 2013 - Prof. Ed X. Wu has been elected to Fellow of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) for his significant contributions to MRI diffusion and spectroscopy method development. Dedicated to MRI technology development and biomedical applications, ISMRM consists of over 6,000 MRI physicists, engineers and physicians worldwide from academia, industry and healthcare, most with PhDs or MDs. Founded in 1993, ISMRM is widely considered as one the most interdisciplinary and best organized international scientific societies. Prof. Wu is the first and only recipient of this award so far in the entire Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea region.

April 25, 2013 - Twelve members of BISP Lab have received Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude Awards for their published research papers at the 2013 ISMRM Annual Meeting.


December 21, 2012 Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) has visited members of the BISP Lab. NIBIB is part of the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) with the mission to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is also committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care.  Dr. Pettigrew is known internationally for his pioneering work at Emory University involving four-dimensional imaging of the cardiovascular system using magnetic resonance (MRI). His current research focuses on integrated imaging and predictive biomechanical modeling of coronary atherosclerotic disease.

May 11, 2012 - Five members of BISP Lab have received Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude Awards for their published research papers at the 2012 ISMRM Annual Meeting.


May 11, 2011 - Ms. Iris Y. Zhou, a member of BISP Lab (PhD student: 2008-2012), has placed 3rd in the "Functional Imaging" category poster competition at the 2011 ISMRM Annual Meeting.


May 7, 2010 - Mr. Kevin C. Chan, a member of BISP Lab (PhD student: 2006-2010), has been selected as a Junior Fellow of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). This prestigious award is conferred through a process that includes rigorous review of academic achievement. The ISMRM Junior Fellow Program has been established to recognize outstanding researchers at an early stage in their careers, with an established and long-term commitment to ISMRM.


July 1, 2009 - Mr. Kevin C. Chan, a member of BISP Lab (PhD student: 2006-2010), is the recipient of the Fulbright Dissertation Scholarship. Kevin will spend 10 months in the US for PhD dissertation research in area of biomedical imaging/MRI, visiting University of Pittsburgh, Columbia University and Harvard University.