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

MRI & Data Analysis Services for MIRECC awarded by Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Neural circuits that regulate social motivation awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2017

Consequences of prolonged febrile seizures in childhood awarded by Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Co Investigator). 2013 to 2017

A Compute Cluster for Brain Imaging and Analysis awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Susceptibility MRI as a marker for diagnosis and clinical disability in MS awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Research Training In Neuro-Oncology awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1998 to 2016

High-resolution in vivo and non-invasive imaging of myocardial fibers awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2014 to 2016

Pathways From Maltreatment to Substance Abuse awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2010 to 2016

Restricted Repetitive Behavior in Autism awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2016

Training in Fundamental &Translational Neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 2005 to 2016


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Younes, Laurent, et al. “Regionally selective atrophy of subcortical structures in prodromal HD as revealed by statistical shape analysis.Hum Brain Mapp, vol. 35, no. 3, Mar. 2014, pp. 792–809. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/hbm.22214. Full Text

Avram, Alexandru V., et al. “Dynamic and inherent B0 correction for DTI using stimulated echo spiral imaging.Magn Reson Med, vol. 71, no. 3, Mar. 2014, pp. 1044–53. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/mrm.24767. Full Text

Truong, Trong-Kha, et al. “Cortical depth dependence of the diffusion anisotropy in the human cortical gray matter in vivo.Plos One, vol. 9, no. 3, 2014, p. e91424. Pubmed, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091424. Full Text

Han, Hui, et al. “Integrated parallel reception, excitation, and shimming (iPRES).Magn Reson Med, vol. 70, no. 1, July 2013, pp. 241–47. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/mrm.24766. Full Text

Chen, Nan-Kuei, et al. “A robust multi-shot scan strategy for high-resolution diffusion weighted MRI enabled by multiplexed sensitivity-encoding (MUSE).Neuroimage, vol. 72, May 2013, pp. 41–47. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.01.038. Full Text

Englander, Zoë A., et al. “Diffuse reduction of white matter connectivity in cerebral palsy with specific vulnerability of long range fiber tracts.Neuroimage Clin, vol. 2, 2013, pp. 440–47. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2013.03.006. Full Text

Truong, Trong-Kha, et al. “Inherent correction of motion-induced phase errors in multishot spiral diffusion-weighted imaging.Magn Reson Med, vol. 68, no. 4, Oct. 2012, pp. 1255–61. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/mrm.24124. Full Text

Dichter, Gabriel S., et al. “Functional neuroimaging of treatment effects in psychiatry: methodological challenges and recommendations.Int J Neurosci, vol. 122, no. 9, Sept. 2012, pp. 483–93. Pubmed, doi:10.3109/00207454.2012.678446. Full Text

Song, Allen W. “Diffusion modulation of the fMRI signal: early investigations on the origin of the BOLD signal.Neuroimage, vol. 62, no. 2, Aug. 2012, pp. 949–52. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.01.001. Full Text