The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) continues to make impressive headlines in several key research areas, including cancer and cardiovascular research and treatment. Now, the talented researchers behind UTHealth’s clinical and experimental breakthroughs are being honored for their achievements. Ponnada Narayana, Ph.D., and Jonathan Ophir, Ph.D., both of whom are professors in the UTHealth Medical School’s Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, have been announced as recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Investigator Award of the Academy of Radiology Research.
Dr. Narayana, who serves as director of Magnetic Resonance Research at the UTHealth Medical School, has focused his research on quantitative magnetic resonance of the central nervous system, as well as developing new, effective techniques for advanced magnetic resonance and image processing. He is also been steadily funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the last 25 years, and is widely published in peer-reviewed science journals, having published more than 240 papers throughout his career. Dr. Narayana has also been elected as a distinguished fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Dr. Ophir also holds a senior position at UTHealth as director of the Ultrasonics and Elastographics Laboratory at the Medical School. He is currently working on researching ultrasonic tissue characterization and elastography, as well as using ultrasound to image the elastic properties of soft tissues. Dr. Ophir has been active in patenting ultrasound technologies throughout his career, having patented 27 United States and foreign patents for ultrasound instrumentation, imaging, and measurement techniques, and focusing his research and imaging development particularly on breast cancer. Like Dr. Narayana, Dr. Ophir has been funded continuously throughout his career by the National Cancer Institute, which is directly associated with the NIH.
Both doctors are recognized as attaining a level of accomplishment that places them in the top 10 percent of all academic radiology faculty. As a result of this prestigious award, the recipients will be inducted into the academy’s Council of Distinguished Investigators during the Radiological Society of North America’s meeting in December.