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

Direct MRI of Neuroelectric Activity for Animal Neuroimaging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2011 to 2016

Multidisciplinary Neonatal Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2010 to 2015

Imaging Genetic Predictors of Psychotherapy Outcomes in Unipolar Depression awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2012 to 2015

Neuroimaging of Age-Related Changes in Language awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2010 to 2015

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cortical Neuronal Activity awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2015

Studies of Attention Using Combined ERPs and fMRI awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2001 to 2015

Network Plasticity in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury awarded by (Mentor). 2013 to 2014

Environments as Smoking Cues: Imaging Brain Substrates, Developing New Treatments awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2012 to 2014

Cross-disciplinary Training in Medical Physics awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2007 to 2013

Longitudinal Functional Imaging of Early Childhood Anxiety Disorders awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2008 to 2013


Holt, Rebecca L., et al. “Structural connectivity of the frontal lobe in children with drug-resistant partial epilepsy..” Epilepsy & Behavior : E&B, vol. 21, no. 1, May 2011, pp. 65–70. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.03.016. Full Text

Avram, Alexandru V., et al. “Myelin water weighted diffusion tensor imaging..” Neuroimage, vol. 53, no. 1, Oct. 2010, pp. 132–38. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.06.019. Full Text

Truong, Trong-Kha, et al. “Application of k-space energy spectrum analysis for inherent and dynamic B0 mapping and deblurring in spiral imaging..” Magn Reson Med, vol. 64, no. 4, Oct. 2010, pp. 1121–27. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/mrm.22485. Full Text

Heng, Serene, et al. “White matter abnormalities in bipolar disorder: insights from diffusion tensor imaging studies..” J Neural Transm (Vienna), vol. 117, no. 5, May 2010, pp. 639–54. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s00702-010-0368-9. Full Text

Song, A. W., and T. K. Truong. “Apparent diffusion coefficient dependent fMRI: Spatiotemporal characteristics and implications on calibrated fMRI.” International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology, vol. 20, no. 1, Mar. 2010, pp. 42–50. Scopus, doi:10.1002/ima.20220. Full Text

Smith, David V., et al. “Distinct value signals in anterior and posterior ventromedial prefrontal cortex..” J Neurosci, vol. 30, no. 7, Feb. 2010, pp. 2490–95. Pubmed, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3319-09.2010. Full Text

Krebs, Ruth M., et al. “The Saccadic Re-Centering Bias is Associated with Activity Changes in the Human Superior Colliculus..” Front Hum Neurosci, vol. 4, 2010. Pubmed, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2010.00193. Full Text

Madden, David J., et al. “Cerebral white matter integrity and cognitive aging: contributions from diffusion tensor imaging..” Neuropsychol Rev, vol. 19, no. 4, Dec. 2009, pp. 415–35. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s11065-009-9113-2. Full Text

Chen, Nan-kuei, et al. “Measurement of spontaneous signal fluctuations in fMRI: adult age differences in intrinsic functional connectivity..” Brain Struct Funct, vol. 213, no. 6, Oct. 2009, pp. 571–85. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s00429-009-0218-4. Full Text

Truong, Trong-Kha, and Allen W. Song. “Cortical depth dependence and implications on the neuronal specificity of the functional apparent diffusion coefficient contrast..” Neuroimage, vol. 47, no. 1, Aug. 2009, pp. 65–68. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.04.045. Full Text