Pioneer in Biomedical Imaging to Speak at Wake Forest Baptist

July 2, 2010

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health, will present a free lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

The talk, “Interdisciplinary Science and Horizons in Health Care,” will be held in Babcock Auditorium, which is accessible from Hawthorne Road. Free parking will be available in the Hawthorne Road Employee Deck.

The NIBIB is devoted to merging the physical and biological sciences to develop new technologies that improve health. Its goal is to accelerate the pace of discovery and the development of biomedical technologies that prevent or treat disease.

Pettigrew is the first director of the NIBIB. He is known for his pioneering research at Emory University involving four-dimensional imaging of the heart using magnetic resonance. Prior to his appointment at the NIH, he was a professor of radiology, medicine (cardiology) at Emory University and bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Emory Center for MR Research, Emory University School of Medicine.

Pettigrew graduated cum laude from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in physics, where he was a Merrill Scholar. He has a master’s degree in nuclear science and engineering from Rennselear Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. in applied radiation physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Whitaker Harvard-MIT Health Sciences Scholar. Subsequently, he received an M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine, did an internship and residency in internal medicine at Emory University and completed a residency in nuclear medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Pettigrew then spent a year as a clinical research scientist with Picker International, the first manufacturer of MRI equipment.  In 1985, he joined Emory as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow with an interest in non-invasive cardiac imaging.

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