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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2005

"Mindsets-Why MRI Was Delayed for So Long"
Presented April 7 by Native Ohioan and Nobel Prize Winner, Paul C. Lauterbur

DAYTON, OHIO-The 2005 Varandani Memorial Lecture will be given by Nobel Laureate Paul C. Lauterbur, Ph.D. Presented by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Wright State University School of Medicine, the free event will be held April 7, 2005, at 3:15 p.m., in Room 171 of the Frederick A. White Health Center on Wright State's main campus.

Along with Sir Peter Manfield, Ph.D, Dr. Lauterbur was presented the 2003 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for pioneering discoveries leading to the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). MRI is a powerful medical diagnostic tool that is now routinely used around the world for imaging purposes. It provides exquisite pictures of soft tissue anatomy without using ionizing radiation, enabling physicians to give the best treatment options to their patients.

Lauterbur is a native of Sidney, Ohio, and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as professor of Chemistry, Biophysics and Computational Biology, and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the Distinguished University Professor of Medical Information Sciences and Professor for the Beckman Institute.

Using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Lauterbur realized that by varying the strength of the magnetic field and analyzing the frequencies of the resulting radio signals, he could use NMR to create a two or three-dimensional picture. Thereby, he laid the foundation for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He was the first researcher to produce an image with NMR and apply the technology to medicine, which led to the development of the MRI scanner. His contributions to this field have led to revolutionary insights into the functions of the brain and the workings of the human body.

The memorial lecture honors the late Partab T. Varandani, Ph.D., who was professor and chief of the endocrinology section in Wright State's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology until his death in 1987. The Varandani family resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information contact Wright State's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at (937) 775-3041.