MR Research Team Attracts Broad Spectrum of Grant Support
Dr. Narayana’s research focus includes Development and application of novel MRI techniques to investigate Experimental Spinal Cord Injury and Multiple Sclerosis in humans and Advanced Image Processing Techniques. He directs the 7 Tesla MRI scanner dedicated for animal studies and 3 Tesla MRI scanner for human studies at UT Medical School.
He has published 198 scientific papers and numerous Review Articles in peer reviewed National and International journals. His research is continuously funded by the NIH for the last 25 years. He serves on a number of Review panels at NIH. He is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Reviewer for a number of Major Neuroscience and MRI journals. His numerous recognitions and honors include his selection as the Presidential Scholar in 2006.
Dr. Narayana’s current NIH grant support and total awards include:
- Automated MR Image Analysis in MS: Identification of a surrogate award ($5,493,370);
- MRI of Angiogenesis in Spinal Cord Injury ($6,614,931);
- Serial Magnetic Resonance in Multiple Sclerosis ($2,096,043);
- High Field MRI Scanner for Animal Studies ($2,075,000);
- US Department of Defense, Mission Connect Mild TBI Translational Research Consortium ($1,363,685);
- Teva Marion Partners, Inc., Serial MRSI ($375,431);
- UTMB Mother’s & Children: Brain Cell Death Mechanisms After Perinatal ($178,864);
- Teva Neuroscience ($149,920)
- Philips Medical Systems, Inc., ($120,000)
- UTMB Subcontract: Brain Cell Death Mechanisms after Perinatal Ischemia ($52,334)
- The Role of Neovascularization in Spinal Cord Injury ($12,286)
Dr. Narayana is Co-PI on the following grants:
- Combination Therapy in MS
- Center for Clinical and Translations Sciences
- Impulsivity, Brain Function and Substance Abuse Treatment
Throughout his career, Dr. Narayana has sponsored 18 Graduate students, mentored 16 Post-Doc fellows, 5 Research Scientists, and has sponsored 19 undergraduate students, 5 Junior faculty and numerous summer students and observers.
He holds adjunct appointments as a Professor at the Department Biomedical Engineering, a joint venture between the University of Texas, Austin, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and Psychology Department at University of Houston, and Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Imaging at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Dr. Narayana received his Doctorate in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India in 1969. Graduated from Andhra University in Andhra, India in 1965 with MSc in Nuclear Physics and was First in Merit at Andhra University (BS) in Physics in 1963.
He has authored/coauthored more than 185 abstracts, 197 refereed original articles in journals, 20 invited articles, 5 book chapters, and has given over 100 lectures all over the world. His lectures continue to be in high demand for his expertise and knowledge in the MR field.
Dr. Narayana currently co-chairs the Operating Committee of CABIR (Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research).
He is a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology in Radiological Physics, and holds a Medical Physicist license from the Texas Board of Licensure.