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Viswam S. Nair, MD MS
Instructor, Medicine - Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Non-invasive Lung Cancer Detection
Professor of Radiology (General Radiology) and, by courtesy, of Medicine (Medical Informatics) and of Electrical Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research seeks to advance the clinical and basic sciences in radiology, while improving our understanding of biology and the manifestations of disease, by pioneering methods in the information sciences that integrate imaging, clinical and molecular data. A current focus is on content-based radiological image retrieval and integration of imaging features with clinical and molecular data for diagnostic, prognostic, and therapy planning decision support.
Postdoctoral Research fellow, Radiology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Stem Cell Imaging: The ultimate goal of my research is to develop clinically applicable, non-invasive and repeatable imaging tools, which can be used for long-term tracking of transplanted stem cells in bone defects and osteochondral defects. I evaluate novel contrast agents for non-invasive in vivo detection of stem cells with MR imaging in mouse models of bone and cartilage repair, I test smart, activatable MR contrast agents, which can provide non-invasive information about the viability and in vivo differentiation of transplanted stem cells, and I evaluate specific nanoparticle-based labels for immune cells, which allow monitoring host responses to stem cell transplants. The new imaging tools are used to improve bone and cartilage regeneration outcomes of mesenchymal stem cells, adipose derived stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.
Professor of Radiology at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Emerita
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Gastrointestinal motility in spinal cord injury, patients; use of CT and MRI in imaging liver and biliary tree; contrast agents for MRI of the gastrointestinal tract and, hepatobiliary system; gastrointestinal motility disorders; abdominal, imaging; hepatobiliary imaging