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Dr. Gmitro Delivers 2016 Founders Day Lecture, 'Optics, MRI, and Good Luck'

Monday, November 28, 2016

Arthur F. Gmitro, PhD, the 2016 Founders Day lecturer at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, says it was a stroke of good luck that he has had great collaborators and students to work with throughout his career, which spans decades and disciplines at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Gmitro is a professor of Medical Imaging and Optical Sciences; professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and the Fenton Maynard Chair in Cancer Imaging at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. He earned his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the Universtiy of Arizona in 1982. He then became an assistant professor of diagnostic radiology at Yale University before returning ot the University of Arizona in 1987 as an associate professor of radiology and director of the research program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 

"This has always been an institution where I'm only limited by my own mind and creativity, not by institutional barriers," he said during his November 17, 2016, presentation, Optics, MRI, and Good Luck. "I'm very excited about the future and trying to build bridges across the institution."

More about Dr. Gmitro

Dr. Gmitro is an outstanding researcher and faculty member contributing interdisciplinary discoveries at the University of Arizona.  His research impacts disciplines within the colleges of Medicine, Optical Sciences and Engineering and the University of Arizona Cancer Center. He is a leader in team science research, and through his collaborations and inspiring style, he has promoted the spread and use of biomedical imaging across the campus.

Dr. Gmitro is the creator and director of the NIH-supported Training Program in Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy and is an active and respected teacher and researcher. He began his research at the University in the 1970s when, as a student, he designed a hybrid-digital-optical computer, for which he won the Rudolph Kingslake award from the International Optical Engineering Society and the Francois Erbsmann prize from the International Conference on Information Processing in Medical Imaging. As a faculty member, he has spent over 30 years in medical imaging research, including technology development in CT, MRI and optical imaging. He has applied these technologies in clinical and research applications including neurological imaging, cancer and cardiovascular imaging. He has published more than 60 papers on medical imaging topics.

Dr. Gmitro was key in establishing the research MRI facility in partnership with the hospital. The facility is a key resource to investigators in the colleges of Medicine and Science, the Arizona Cancer Center and the Sarver Heart Center and supports research from 18 federally funded grants.