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John Gore, Ph.D., talks with Susan Wente, Ph.D., at last week’s reception celebrating Gore’s election to the National Academy of Engineering. (photo by Mary Donaldson)

Gore elected to National Academy of Engineering

BY: BILL SNYDER

2/17/2011 - John Gore, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Cited for his contributions to “the development and applications of magnetic resonance and other imaging techniques in medicine,” Gore joins a select group of 2,290 U.S. scientists and 202 foreign associates. He is the third Vanderbilt faculty member to be elected to the academy.

“John is an internationally renowned expert in imaging technology and a pioneer in magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy techniques,” said Kenneth Galloway, Ph.D., dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.

“He is at the forefront of several novel engineering solutions being developed to address the technical challenges of human imaging.”

The imaging institute he helped establish is “a truly collaborative trans-institutional venue, bringing together engineers, physicians and biomedical scientists to conduct some of our institution's most cutting-edge research,” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

Gore is Hertha Ramsey Cress University Professor and professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and Physics & Astronomy.

He also is vice chair for Research in the Department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences.

He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of London and held faculty appointments at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London and Yale University before coming to Vanderbilt in 2002.

His research interests include development of methods for studying human brain structure and function using ultra-high field MRI, combining information from different imaging techniques to study small animals, including mouse models of human cancer, and developing new imaging applications.

Gore is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, the Institute of Physics (UK) and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

He received the society's gold medal award in 2004. Last month he was one of seven new fellows from Vanderbilt elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Other Vanderbilt members of the National Academy of Engineering are George Hornberger, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment, and Frank Parker, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Emeritus.

Brenda Ellis and David Salisbury contributed to this story

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