Providing world-class care to our patients is our number one focus at Carle. To accomplish this, we must recruit the best scientists and researchers, develop and utilize the most advanced technology and partner with the world’s top universities and research centers.
With this in mind, Carle has partnered with the University of Illinois to purchase a Siemens MAGNETOM Terra 7 Tesla (7 T) MRI. Fusing together clinical care and research, the Stephens Family Clinical Research Institute is forming a multidisciplinary research group in high-field MRI. This team will be enhanced by a full-time Siemens-sponsored clinical scientist as well as two MRI specialist technologists, shared with the University. Join our team of top researchers to solve today’s medical challenges and enable the next breakthrough discovery.
Bruce Damon, PhD, will join the Stephens Family Clinical Research Institute as the Director, Carle Clinical Imaging Research Program and Co-Director of the Carle Illinois Advanced Imaging Center in March of 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 will focus on clinical applications of high field MRI, including use of the newly acquired Siemens MAGNETOM Terra 7 Tesla (7T) MRI. They will focus on areas closely aligned to Carle Foundation's major research pillars: neuroscience, oncology, heart and vascular diseases, and digestive health.
Sheeba Arnold, PhD will join 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 an 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.