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research community, because the

acquisition of the brain imaging for

one is not the same as the other.

They can only use GE data, or they

can only use Siemens data. It’s hard.

You can get it, but it’s usually at a

low level.

You’ll hear Prof. Kamil Ugurbil, on

Thursday, speak about how they got

the companies to do standardized

work for Human Connectome

Project and then even before that

the ADNI project. It’s definitely

possible. The ADNI data for example,

is now available for everybody.

There’s a lot of brain imaging data


There are at least 3 major

international trials right now on

brain imaging and body imaging, all

of which promise to have globally

available data. I think the community

has heard this complaint, and the

community is responding. It takes a

long time to collect this kind of data.

One quick solution is that everyone

who complains about this should go

and find a local radiologist at their

hospital or the chief of the radiology

department and talk to them. The

chairmen of

the radiology

department are very motivated to

have their data meet the standards.

They want it to be the same. I think

theirs is an alignment of motivation.


If you had to advise a young,

aspiring scientist, would you tell

them to go to academia, industry, or

medical practice?


Well, the career choices are

difficult. I think the better question is

the first part of your question. About

a scientist, a PhD, or even an MD. If

you want to be in medical imaging,

you have to start in the hospital. You

have to start near the clinic. You

have to understand how healthcare

is delivered,

what are the

constraints, what are the workflow

problems, then you can solve them.

If you don’t know what the problems

are, how can you solve them? It’s a

little bit like the hammer and the

nail. You know, do we have a

hammer or do we have a nail?

Maybe you need both.

Then, if the academic environment

doesn’t support them, it’s very

challenging to get full support like

money for a salary and to raise a

family. It’s very difficult. Then the

industry is a very good place.

Industry can be a little constraining.

You have to pick the right industry

that allows you the freedom to be

able to grow a lab, have a mentor,

and do the good research.

I am biased because I want good

scientists in the hospital. I want

them to stay with me, but I

understand when they leave and

they go to good companies.


If you were 20 years old

today, with the market conditions of

today and with the scientific

knowledge available, would you go

into medical practice or would you

do something different?


That’s a very good question. I

About a scientist, a PhD, or

even an MD. If you want to be

in medical imaging, you have

to start in the hospital

Prof. Clare Tempany


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