MRI Clinical Faculty

Evanthia Bernitsas, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center
Email: ebernits@med.wayne.edu

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Research interests: Pending

Csaba Juhasz, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Neurosurgery
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Email: csaba.juhasz@wayne.edu

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Research interests: My overall goal is to combine my clinical and research background with my expertise in multimodal imaging to find better ways to diagnose and treat patients with various neurological disorders, with the main focus on epilepsy, brain tumors, and Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS). Our group pioneered the use of novel PET tracers in localization of epileptic foci, including imaging GABA receptors, tryptophan metabolism, and activated microglia. I have also introduced the clinical use of tryptophan PET in the imaging of human brain tumors.
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Another major line of my clinical research is the longitudinal, multimodal imaging of SWS that yielded one of the largest MRI and PET databases of children with SWS, collected since 2003. I also study advanced MRI and PET approaches to study epileptic foci in children who undergo epilepsy surgery. I have active collaborations with several research groups at WSU as well as in other U.S. institutes, including Northwestern University, Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard University, the University of Illinois, as well as the Sturge-Weber Foundation and participants of the Brain Vascular Malformation Consortium.

Jun Li, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair of Neurology
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Email: junli@med.wayne.edu

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Research interests: Dr. Jun Li’s research has two arms – basic science in his laboratory (Research Lab website) and clinical research. Research in our lab is focused on acquiring a better understanding of Schwann cell biology and inherited peripheral nervous diseases. Clinical presentation of patients with inherited peripheral nerve diseases typically includes distal muscle weakness, sensory loss, foot deformities and absent deep tendon reflexes.
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Currently, there are over 90 specific genes that are linked with different subtypes of CMT. However, over 20% of diagnosed inherited neuropathies still have no known genetic cause. We investigate how myelinating Schwann cells interact with axons and how genetic mutations in various types of inherited peripheral neuropathies - also known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth diseases (CMT) - alter the molecular signaling between the two types of cells. We hope that these investigations will lead to molecular targets for developing therapeutic interventions. We are studying those diseases using a variety of in vitro and in vivo models in our lab.
With respect to our clinical studies, Dr. Jun Li directs a CMT clinic that is specifically designated to the patients with inherited neuropathies. This multi-disciplinary clinic occurs weekly at University Health Center. We are a part of the NIH funded Rare Disease Clinical Research Network - Inherited Neuropathies Consortium. We are interested in genotype/phenotype correlation, identification of novel genes causing CMT, and use of human skin biopsy as a minimally invasive tool in evaluation of peripheral pathology. In addition, we have been collaborating with the MR Research Facility to develop non-invasive imaging biomarkers for peripheral nerve diseases.

Imad Zak, MD
Professor of Radiology
Chief of Neuroradiology & Clinical Director of MRI
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Email: izak@wayne.edu

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Research interests: Multiple sclerosis, imaging and clinical trials
CSF flow dynamics in multiple sclerosis as compared to leukoariaosis (chronic ischemic demylination)