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

High Resolution Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 300-Micron Level awarded by National Institutes of Health (Advisor). 2006 to 2012

Human Functional Brain Anatomy awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2012

Myelin-Specific Diffusion Tensor Imaging for Developmental Neuroimaging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2012

Neural correlates of working memory in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2010 to 2011

Precision Targeting of fMRI-Guided TMS Using a Robotic Arm System awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2010 to 2011

Research Training In Neuro-Oncology awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2005 to 2010

Multisensory Processing and Attention awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2005 to 2010

K-Space Energy Spectrum Analysis for Echo-Planar Imaging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Advisor). 2007 to 2010

Direct MRI of Neuroelectric Activity awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2010

A Linux Cluster Computational Facility for Neuroimaging Research awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010


Venkatraman, Talaignair N., et al. “Biochemical abnormalities of the medial temporal lobe and medial prefrontal cortex in late-life depression..” Psychiatry Res, vol. 172, no. 1, Apr. 2009, pp. 49–54. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2008.07.001. Full Text

Song, Allen W., et al. “Dynamic MRI of small electrical activity..” Methods Mol Biol, vol. 489, 2009, pp. 297–315. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/978-1-59745-543-5_14. Full Text

Chen, N. .. K., et al. “Measurement of spontaneous signal fluctuations in fMRI: adult age differences in intrinsic functional connectivity.” Brain Structure and Function, 2009, pp. 1–15.

Cohen-Adad, J., et al. “Investigations on spinal cord fMRI of cats under ketamine..” Neuroimage, vol. 44, no. 2, Jan. 2009, pp. 328–39. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.09.023. Full Text

Harshbarger, Todd B., and Allen W. Song. “Differentiating sensitivity of post-stimulus undershoot under diffusion weighting: implication of vascular and neuronal hierarchy..” Plos One, vol. 3, no. 8, Aug. 2008. Pubmed, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002914. Full Text Open Access Copy

Truong, Trong-Kha, et al. “Integrated SENSE DTI with correction of susceptibility- and eddy current-induced geometric distortions..” Neuroimage, vol. 40, no. 1, Mar. 2008, pp. 53–58. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.12.001. Full Text

Truong, Trong-Kha, et al. “Lorentz effect imaging of ionic currents in solution..” J Magn Reson, vol. 191, no. 1, Mar. 2008, pp. 93–99. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.jmr.2007.12.005. Full Text

Truong, Trong-Kha, and Allen W. Song. “Single-shot dual-z-shimmed sensitivity-encoded spiral-in/out imaging for functional MRI with reduced susceptibility artifacts..” Magn Reson Med, vol. 59, no. 1, Jan. 2008, pp. 221–27. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/mrm.21473. Full Text

Chen, Bin, and Allen W. Song. “Diffusion tensor imaging fiber tracking with local tissue property sensitivity: phantom and in vivo validation..” Magn Reson Imaging, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 2008, pp. 103–08. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.mri.2007.05.003. Full Text

Roberts, Kenneth C., et al. “Component structure of event-related fMRI responses in the different neurovascular compartments..” Magn Reson Imaging, vol. 25, no. 3, Apr. 2007, pp. 328–34. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.mri.2006.08.010. Full Text