Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Molly Bright, PhD


Laboratory Description

Our research uses advanced MRI techniques to assess the interaction of neural activity and vascular physiology in healthy brains and neurological disease. 

This involves the design and implementation of tools to stimulate or monitor human physiology during MRI scanning, and the development of specialized MRI acquisition methods to characterize neuro-vascular function. In combination with bespoke signal processing pipelines developed in our lab, we aim to produce robust quantitative imaging biomarkers for studying stroke, Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, fatigue, migraine, and the response of individual patients to personalized therapeutic interventions.

This work is in collaboration with Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Neurology, Radiology, the Center for Translational Imaging, the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience program, and the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab.

To learn more about the Applied Neuro-Vascular Imaging Lab (ANVIL), please click here.