Yale Symposium June 17 Honors Researcher Who Helped Pioneer Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging For Biological Studies

Robert Shulman, a Yale professor and key figure in the implementation of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMR) technology for biological studies, will be honored at a symposium at Yale School of Medicine June 17.

The most popular mode of NMR technology is MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which is a revolutionary improvement over X-ray technology.

“From Molecules to Mind: Celebrating the Contributions of Robert G. Shulman to Biological NMR,” will be held in the School of Medicine’s new medical and research building at 300 Cedar Street. The program will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude with a talk by Shulman at 5:45 p.m.

The speakers will include colleagues who have worked with Shulman over the years, among them Kurt Wuthrich, who won the Nobel Prize in 2002 for chemistry.

Shulman, the Sterling Professor emeritus of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and professor of chemistry and diagnostic radiology at Yale, was the head of the Biophysics Research Department at Bell Laboratories from 1966 to 1979 before joining the Yale faculty in 1979. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Shulman founded the Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Yale, which is now located in the new research building. His group has used high field NMR spectroscopy to follow chemical reactions and brain activity and NMR imaging techniques to resolve functional areas of the brain during cognition.

“Our goals,” Shulman has said, “are to understand quantitatively the somatic regulation and control or metabolic fluxes in humans, to discover new biochemical events and to develop methods for localizing brain function.”

He is credited with being a leading figure in the development of NMR techniques in live subjects, or in vivo, for the purpose of studying metabolic pathways in human subjects and animals.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For further information please contact Meko Owens at (203) 785-6622.

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