Medical imaging center at UNC names MRI specialist its new director

The Biomedical Research Imaging Center at the University of North Carolina names Weili Lin the center’s new director. The BRIC does imaging research for an array of applications ranging from the practice of medicine to drug development.

The medical imaging research center serving the University of North Carolina system has named MRI specialist Weili Lin to its top post.

Lin becomes the director of the Biomedical Research Imaging Center at the University of North Carolina. Lin, a professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s departments of radiology, neurology and biomedical engineering, has been interim director of BRIC since last July.  His research focuses on biomedical applications of MRI, including the use of nanotechnology, brain imaging in cases of cancer, stroke, early brain development and both genetic and developmental brain abnormalities.

The BRIC was established in 2005 to support image-based biomedical research across the university system. The center is developing new imaging technologies for a variety of medical and research uses. For example, advanced imaging is being developed to help physicians determine how well new therapies work. The imaging research may also have applications in drug discovery and development, for example enabling the tracking of how nano-engineered drugs are delivered.

The BRIC is building a new $263 million facility that will be the largest research building on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus at 343,000 square feet.