We are truly happy and fortunate to welcome Drs. Christine Tardif and David Rudko as new BIC core Faculty members, effective May 01, 2017. They join the BIC team and platform as MR specialists, in particular at ultra-high fields for small-animal and human imaging.
Dr. David Rudko joins the BIC core Faculty as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Biomedical Engineering. He completed his PhD in Physics with a specialization in ultra-high field MRI under the supervision of Dr. Ravi Menon at the University of Western Ontario. The overall focus of his lab is the application of novel high field MRI methodology in conjunction with biophysical modeling to augment the current understanding of brain anatomy and physiology. One of his specific goals is to extend magnetic susceptibility and relaxometry-based MRI models of brain tissue microstructure to develop atlases applicable to neurological disease. David has applied MRI physics techniques to research in animal models and human neurological diseases at field strengths of 3 T, 7 T and 9.4 T. His recent work has centred on quantification of cortical demyelination in MS patients using surface-based 3 T magnetization transfer imaging combined with ultra-high resolution 7 T structural imaging.
Dr. Christine Tardif obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the McGill in 2011. She performed postdoctoral studies at the Max-Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig, Germany), and at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute’s Cerebral Imaging Centre. Her research has focused on the development of MRI acquisition and analysis techniques to study intracortical myelin. At the BIC , Christine’s lab will further develop quantitative MRI techniques to study brain tissue microstructure, in particular myelin plasticity, in health and disease.