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Research Team Highlight

We're excited for the opportunities that access to 7 T technology gives our physicians. Meet our latest team members:

Bruce Damon, PhD

Bruce Damon, PhD, joined the Stephens Family Clinical Research Institute as Director of the Carle Clinical Imaging Research Program and Co-Director of the Carle Illinois Advanced Imaging Center in early 2021.

Dr. Damon earned his BS degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University, Dr. Damon joined the Vanderbilt University faculty in 2002. His research uses in vivo imaging and spectroscopy to assess healthy and pathological human physiology, with focus on skeletal muscle and brown adipose tissues, and is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Damon and other center investigators focus on clinical applications of high field MRI, including use of the newly acquired Siemens MAGNETOM Terra 7 Tesla (7T) MRI. They focus on areas closely aligned to Carle's major research pillars: neuroscience, oncology, heart and vascular diseases, and digestive health.

Sheeba Arnold, PhD

Sheeba Arnold, PhD, joined Carle as an assistant investigator in early 2021. Dr. Arnold joins Carle Health after serving as a research scientist at Northeastern University in Boston. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cochin University of Science Technology, master’s degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and doctoral degree from Stony Brook University, all in Biomedical Engineering.

Sheeba comes to us with significant 7 Tesla MRI experience including a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to support her independent research on the use of 7 Tesla MRI technology to better understand neurological diseases and treatment response in schizophrenia and autism.

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