Imaging lab translates work to patient care

Research under way at UCSF's Margaret Hart Surbeck Laboratory for Advanced Imaging applies powerful, non-invasive equipment to better understand disease and improve disease treatments. "Our overall focus is to develop new imaging techniques and apply basic engineering to biology- and disease-oriented research. Everything we do is aimed at translational medicine," says Sarah Nelson, PhD, laboratory director and co-chair of UCSF's Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences in the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. In the future, the laboratory's imaging techniques could be used not only to measure the severity of diseases and other health threats, but also to gauge the efficacy of treatments, Nelson explains.


Imaging Lab Draws from Impressive Arsenal to Fight Major Health Threats

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