F. M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging
At the Kennedy Krieger Institute

Preview Our Publications

To communicate scientific research, we have published books, papers, and conference abstracts that showcase our advances and applications in technology. These are detailed below:
  • Books
    Our faculty have published many books and book chapters, including the MRI Atlas of Human White Matter.
  • Book Chapters
    Our faculty are often consulted or asked to write chapters in books on Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
  • Papers
    Our many papers can be found through these RSS feeds, generated by the NIH's PubMed database.
  • Abstracts
    We have a plethora of abstracts that summarize our presentations and posters at various conferences, including ISMRM and ENC.
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This image, displaying a tensor field, was generated by Dr. Bennett Landman.


Several of our esteemed faculty are considered experts in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. In particular, the following books have made a significant impact on the scientific community:

The MRI Atlas of Human White Matter.

The MRI Atlas of Human White Matter was published in 2005, 2nd edition 2011.

The MRI Atlas of Human White Matter
  • Publish Date: 2005
  • Authors: S. Mori, S. Wakana, L.M. Nagae-Poetscher, P.C.M. van Zijl
  • Second Edition: 2011
  • Authors: Kenichi Oishi, Andreia V. Faria, van Zijl, Peter C M, Susumu Mori
  • Description (From Amazon.Com Editorial Review / Concepts in Magnetic Resonance):
    "This is one of the first books to provide highly detailed illustrations of human white matter created on the basis of high-resolution diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and 3D tract reconstruction. The atlas takes the reader on a journey through the 3D anatomy of the major white matter fiber bundles of the brain. The authors give a concise and helpful introduction to the four main categories of white matter tracts. The central part of the atlas is comprised of detailed, good-quality, high resolution consecutive DTI color maps in each orthogonal plane, accompanied by color-shaded parcellation maps highlighting the major white matter tracts. Summing up: Scrolling through the atlas was truly pleasurable."
    From: CONCEPTS IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE PART A, Vol. 28A(2) 181-182 (2006), Chan Ling Ling, M.D., H. Rumpel, Ph.D., Dpt. of Diagnostic Radiology, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
The MRI Atlas of Human White Matter.

Introduction to Diffusion Tensor Imaging was published in 2007.

Introduction to Diffusion Tensor Imaging
  • Authors: Susumu Mori
  • Publish Date: 2007
  • Description (From the Amazon.Com Editorial Review):
    The concept of Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) is often difficult to grasp, even for Magnetic Resonance physicists. Introduction to Diffusion Tensor Imaging uses extensive illustrations (not equations) to help readers to understand how DTI works. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of DTI images, the design of DTI experiments, and the forms of application studies. The theory of DTI is constantly evolving and so there is a need for a textbook that explains how the technique works in a way that is easy to understand - Introduction to Diffusion Tensor Imaging fills this gap.
  • Uses extensive illustrations to explain the concept of Diffusion Tensor Imaging
  • Easy to understand, even without a background in physics
  • Includes sections on image interpretation, experimental design and applications
Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Imaging: Advances and Applications

Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Imaging: Advances and Applications was published in 2017.

Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Imaging: Advances and Applications
  • Edited By: Michael T. McMahon, Assaf A. Gilad, Jeff W.M. Bulte , van Zijl, Peter C.M.
  • Publish Date: 2017
  • Description (From the Amazon.Com Editorial Review):
    This is the first textbook dedicated to CEST imaging and covers the fundamental principles of saturation transfer, key features of CEST agents that enable the production of imaging contrast, and practical aspects of preparing image-acquisition and post-processing schemes suited for in vivo applications. CEST is a powerful MRI contrast mechanism with unique features, and the rapid expansion it has seen over the past 15 years since its original discovery in 2000 has created a need for a graduate-level handbook describing all aspects of pre-clinical, translational, and clinical CEST imaging. The book provides an illustrated historical perspective by leaders at the five key sites who developed CEST imaging, from the initial saturation transfer NMR experiments performed in the 1960s in Stockholm, Sweden, described by Sture ForsÚn, to the work on integrating the basic principles of CEST into imaging by Robert Balaban, Dean Sherry, Silvio Aime, and Peter van Zijl in the United States and Italy.

Book Chapters

  • S. Mori and p.C.M. van Zijl, " MR Tractography using Diffusion Tensor MR Imaging", in Clinical MR Neuroimaging: Diffusion, Perfusion and Spectroscopy", Eds. Gillard J., Waldman, A., Barker P.B., Cambridge University Press, 2005, p.86-98.

  • J.Zhou and P.C.M van Zijl, "Studying Mobile Proteins ans Peptides in vivo using MRI and MRS", in "Biomedical Magnetic Resonance. Proceedings of the International workshop", Ed. N.R. Jagannathan, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, New Delhi, 2005, p.353-361.

  • P.C.M. van Zijl, L. Nagae-Poetscher, and S. Mori, "Quantitative Diffusion Imaging", in "MR Imaging in white matter diseases of the brain and spinal cord", Eds. Fillipi, M., De Stefano, N., Dousset, V., McGowan, J.C., Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.p. 63-82.


These links to the NIH's "PubMed" database showcase some of the many publications that are affiliated with the F. M. Kirby Center. Clicking on each name will take you to a link of the most current papers for that author, as published online by the NIH's searchable database.


Many conference posters, presentations, and papers have been accepted from our graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty.

*More details on these will be coming soon.