Research at the AIRC

AIRC researchers are developing new magnetic resonance tracers and techniques to investigate metabolism in cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart and liver disease, and other disorders. Their aim is to give clinicians new insights into these diseases, as well as non-invasive diagnostic tests that can replace many surgical biopsies and do not involve the use of ionizing radiation, such as radioactive tracers or X-rays.

They are also developing new hardware and labeled compounds for hyperpolarization—a technique for "supercharging" the spin polarization of MRI tracers that can enhance their MRI signal up to 50,000 times.

AIRC researchers are advancing the technology of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to understand in unprecedented detail the structure and function of the brain, offering new understanding of the normal brain, as well as the abnormalities in such disorders as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

They are developing more targeted cancer treatments with reduced side effects, as well as diagnostic tracers that more effectively reveal cancers.

Additional Research Activities

Learn more about these additional research activities at the Southwestern NMR Center for in vivo Metabolism: