Allen Wuming Song

Allen Wuming 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

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

Duke Resident Physician-Scientist Program in Radiation Oncology and Radiology awarded by National Institutes of Health (Preceptor). 2020 to 2024

Role of cannabis on HIV-related cognitive impairment: a brain connectomics study awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2018 to 2023

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

NCANDA Research Project Site: Duke awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2012 to 2022

High Fidelity Diffusion MRI for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Stem Cell Therapy awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2022

Next-generation high-resolution diffusion MRI resolving cortical columns and layers in vivo awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2021


Simhal, Anish K., et al. “Measuring robustness of brain networks in autism spectrum disorder with Ricci curvature.Sci Rep, vol. 10, no. 1, July 2020, p. 10819. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41598-020-67474-9. Full Text

Dawson, Geraldine, et al. “A Phase II Randomized Clinical Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Umbilical Cord Blood Infusion for Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.J Pediatr, vol. 222, July 2020, pp. 164-173.e5. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.03.011. Full Text

Ghusayni, Ryan, et al. “Magnetic resonance imaging volumetric analysis in patients with Alternating hemiplegia of childhood: A pilot study.Eur J Paediatr Neurol, vol. 26, May 2020, pp. 15–19. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.ejpn.2020.02.001. Full Text

Krystal, Andrew D., et al. “A randomized proof-of-mechanism trial applying the 'fast-fail' approach to evaluating κ-opioid antagonism as a treatment for anhedonia.Nat Med, vol. 26, no. 5, May 2020, pp. 760–68. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41591-020-0806-7. Full Text

Truong, Trong-Kha, et al. “Toward direct MRI of neuro-electro-magnetic oscillations in the human brain.Magn Reson Med, vol. 81, no. 6, June 2019, pp. 3462–75. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/mrm.27654. Full Text

Darnell, Dean, et al. “Integrated radio-frequency/wireless coil design for simultaneous MR image acquisition and wireless communication.Magn Reson Med, vol. 81, no. 3, Mar. 2019, pp. 2176–83. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/mrm.27513. Full Text

Carpenter, Kimberly L. H., et al. “White Matter Tract Changes Associated with Clinical Improvement in an Open-Label Trial Assessing Autologous Umbilical Cord Blood for Treatment of Young Children with Autism.Stem Cells Transl Med, vol. 8, no. 2, Feb. 2019, pp. 138–47. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/sctm.18-0251. Full Text

Krystal, Andrew D., et al. “The first implementation of the NIMH FAST-FAIL approach to psychiatric drug development.Nat Rev Drug Discov, vol. 18, no. 1, Dec. 2018, pp. 82–84. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/nrd.2018.222. Full Text


Helmer, K. G., et al. “Multi-site study of diffusion metric variability: effects of site, vendor, field strength, and echo time on regions-of-interest and histogram-bin analyses.Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 9788, 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1117/12.2217445. Full Text