Bob L. Hou
Professor, Department of Radiology, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
West Virginia University, USA
With over 25 year experience in MRI/NMR field, Dr. Bob L. Hou has the expertise in clinical MRI technologies such as optimizing MRI pulse sequences, performing quality assurance and quality control of MRI scanners, developing advanced MRI methods for clinical applications, especially for the applications of functional and perfusion MRI, and teaching courses of MRI physics.
Dr. Hou‘s researches focus on using quantitative MRI methods for brain diseases. He has developed and applied MRI and statistics methods to investigate brain structures and functions and changes due to diseases and or the associated treatments. Current projects include investigating cigarette smoking effects on human brains by using advanced MRI technologies and exposing “silence neurons” in BOLD fMRI for patients with the diseases leading to de-coupe between the neurons and neovasculatures.