About NIAG (NeuroImaging and Analysis Group):

The neuroimaging and analysis group at RCMCI brings together an interdisciplinary group of specialist to employ various physiological, functional and structural neuroimaging methodologies in both research and clinical. The group benefits from collaboration of physicists, neuro-statisticians, neuroscientists, and neuro-Radiologist who use fMRI, DTI, MRS, Perfusion/Diffusion, and structural imaging techniques in order to investigate neural mechanisms underlying cognitive functions in normal health and many disease conditions.
We seek for the latest tools and methods currently available in the neuroimaging community, and try to optimize cognitive tasks designed for application in functional and structural studies. We employ multiple equipments for stimulus presentation and behavioral data acquisition for different applications such as multi-sensory activation, braille tactile stimulation, olfactory assessment, Lie/truth detection, Language evaluation, and craving appraisal in addict subjects.


NIAG consists of four groups of Cognitive Neuroscience, Functional Image Analysis, Structural Image Analysis and Physiological Measurement, and the objectives of NIAG include:
· Imaging Protocol and Software development for various imaging applications
· Using multi-modality imaging systems (MRI) and quantification analysis methods such as DCE/DSC/DWI/DTI/QSM/MRS for brain mapping in different normal/abnormal brain states
· Functional and structural brain evaluation for various healthy/diseased/cognitive-states of brain
· Imaging Protocol and Software development for various imaging applications


A computational infrastructure has been developed in our group which gives us the ability to implement computationally demanding neuroimaging analysis pipelines. Parametric (GLM), non-model based (ICA, PCA), and effective connectivity (DCM, GCM) analysis, as well as DTI fiber tracking and perfusion measurements are routinely performed on MR images acquired by 3T Tim Trio Siemens and various 1.5T scanners. This assembly of techniques and skills is put to work in the body of current research projects of NIAG which cover a variety of the following fields.

NIAG Fields of Research studies:

· Language and memory assessment
· Multi-modality Brain mapping
· Pre-surgical Planning
· Addiction Research
· Olfactory evaluation
· Multi-sensory
· Lie detection