Dr. Robert Bartha

Scientist, Robarts Research Institute
Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario

©2008 Shawn Simpson, SWS PhotographyDr. Robert Bartha is Associate Professor of the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario, with cross appointments in Medical Imaging and Psychiatry. He is also a Scientist in the Imaging Research Group at the Robarts Research Institute where his research has focused on the development of high-field magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy methods for the early diagnosis of disease and monitoring of treatment response; specifically related to neurodegeneration and aging. Dr. Bartha specializes in high magnetic field imaging utilizing a 7 Tesla human MRI scanner, the only one of its kind in Canada, as well as 3 Tesla human and 9.4 Tesla small animal MRI scanners at the Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping at Robarts Research Institute. Dr. Bartha’s research is focused on identifying specific imaging biomarkers of disease progression and building novel MRI tracers that highlight pathological aspects of a disease process. He has developed strong collaborations with experts in chemistry, cell biology, and medicine. These collaborations have been leveraged to develop new contrast agents sensitive to physiological conditions such as temperature and pH, new contrast agents targeted to specific proteases upregulated in Alzheimer disease and cancer, and to validate new endogenous metabolic and anatomical biomarkers of disease progression in subjects with Alzheimer disease. Dr. Bartha heads an exciting team that includes research associates, post-doctoral fellows, technicians, and students, with expertise in imaging, biology, and chemistry. Most recently, the team has expanded to incorporate expertise in software design and image processing as the group focuses on development of novel anatomical biomarkers of disease progression utilizing large databases for validation such as that created by the Alzheimer Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). Dr. Bartha is a co-author on over 70 publications, with more than 200 abstracts and numerous invited presentations. He holds funding from the Canadian Institute of Health (CIHR), National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research (OICR). He was also the recipient of the Ivey BMO Financial Group Scientist in Brain Disorders Imaging research chair. In 2003, he was awarded a Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the Province of Ontario. For further information, please visit: www.cfmm.robarts.ca/robert-bartha

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