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

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


Mani, M., et al. “Acceleration of high angular and spatial resolution diffusion imaging using compressed sensing.” Proceedings  International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, Aug. 2012, pp. 326–29. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ISBI.2012.6235550. Full Text

Krebs, Ruth M., et al. “The involvement of the dopaminergic midbrain and cortico-striatal-thalamic circuits in the integration of reward prospect and attentional task demands.Cereb Cortex, vol. 22, no. 3, Mar. 2012, pp. 607–15. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/cercor/bhr134. Full Text

Madden, David J., et al. “Diffusion tensor imaging of cerebral white matter integrity in cognitive aging.Biochim Biophys Acta, vol. 1822, no. 3, Mar. 2012, pp. 386–400. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.bbadis.2011.08.003. Full Text

Chen, Nan-Kuei, et al. “Two-dimensional phase cycled reconstruction for inherent correction of echo-planar imaging Nyquist artifacts.Magn Reson Med, vol. 66, no. 4, Oct. 2011, pp. 1057–66. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/mrm.22896. Full Text

Truong, Trong-Kha, et al. “Dynamic correction of artifacts due to susceptibility effects and time-varying eddy currents in diffusion tensor imaging.Neuroimage, vol. 57, no. 4, Aug. 2011, pp. 1343–47. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.06.008. Full Text

Holt, Rebecca L., et al. “Structural connectivity of the frontal lobe in children with drug-resistant partial epilepsy.Epilepsy Behav, vol. 21, no. 1, May 2011, pp. 65–70. Pubmed, 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. Pubmed, 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