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John C.  Gore

John C. Gore, Ph.D.

Hertha Ramsey Cress Professor of Medicine
University Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Professor of Biomedical Engineering - Molecular Physiology and Biophysics - Physics and Astronomy
Director, Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science

Contact Information:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
AAA 3107 MCN
Nashville, TN 37232-2675


Dr. John Gore is Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Physics, and Director of the Center for Imaging Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is an international expert in the field of MRI research.

Research Specialty

Imaging Science, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Research Description

Dr. Gore's research program is focused on the development and application of imaging, especially magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy techniques, in clinical and basic science. Imaging of human subjects and small animals provides unique information on tissue structure and function, and is being applied in a variety of different applications in neuroscience, cancer research and studies of metabolism. A general theme of interest is to understand the physical and physiological factors that affect MRI signals and to use this knowledge to devise non-invasive imaging methods that provide new types of information as well as for developing new applications of imaging. A second major theme is the development of methods for studying human brain structure and function using MRI and for integrating fMRI data with other imaging methods such as NIR and EEG. Applications of structural and functional MRI to the brain are performed in collaboration with investigators from psychology, psychiatry and other departments. A third major theme is the use of multi-modality imaging (MRI, PET, CT, optical and ultrasound) to study small animals, including mouse models of human cancer and other genetically modified mice. Many projects also involve the development and application of advanced image analysis methods and computer algorithms.