Allen W Song

Allen W Song

Professor in Radiology

External Address: 
40 Duke Medicine Circle, Davison 414, Box 3918, Durham, NC 27710
Internal Office Address: 
Brain Imaging and Analysis Ctr, Box 3918, Durham, NC 27710


The research in our lab is concerned with advancing structural and functional MRI methodologies (e.g. fast and high-resolution imaging techniques) for human brain imaging. We also aim to improve our understanding of functional brain signals, including spatiotemporal characterizations of the blood oxygenation level dependent contrast and alternative contrast mechanisms that are more directly linked to the neuronal activities. Additional effort is invested in applying and validating the developed methods to study human functional neuroanatomy.

Education & Training

  • Assistant Professor of Radiology, Tenure Track, Radiology, Emory University 1997 - 1999

  • Visiting Fellow, Laboratory Of Brain And Cognition, National Institutes of Health 1996 - 1996

  • Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin 1995

Selected Grants

Quantifying Individual Differences in Midlife Structural Brain Integrity Associated with Later AD/ADRD Risk awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2015 to 2027

Integrated Training in Anesthesiology Research awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1996 to 2026

Integrative modeling and dynamic prediction of Alzheimer's disease awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2020 to 2025

Neurobiology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2019 to 2024

Role of cannabis on HIV-related cognitive impairment: a brain connectomics study awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2018 to 2024

Neuroimaging of Visual Attention in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2011 to 2023

MRI data fusion to investigate effects of drug abuse on HIV neurological complications awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2018 to 2023


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