Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee reviews research protocol applications to use the resources of the MRF. Potential Principal Investigators submit a set of documents that become distributed to Committee members. The committee reviews proposals to establish whether the proposed research is feasible, has fundamental scientific merit and is consistent with the mission of the MRF. Review of proposals at this early stage can identify important issues that may need to be addressed by either the submitter(s) or by the MRF in the process of implementing the research protocol. Such issues may relate to special hardware or pulse sequence needs, biosafety concerns, staffing and scheduling concerns, among others. The Medical Director and the Associate Director for MRI physics examine each application for medical and physical safety. For proposals requesting free or subsidized scan time the Committee reviews the submission to ensure that the submitter has a reasonable plan by which to use the data.


Current Membership


  • David Badre, Ph.D. 
    Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
    Telephone:  (401) 863-9563
    [email protected]

  • Jerrold Boxerman, M.D., Ph.D.
    Department of Diagnostic Imaging-RIH
    Telephone  (401) 444-5184
    [email protected]

  • Tara White, Ph.D. 
    Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
    Telephone:  (401) 863-6625
    [email protected]edu

  • Edward Walsh, Ph.D.
    Department of Neuroscience
    Telephone:  (401) 863-6525
    [email protected]

  • Michael Worden, Ph.D., (Chair)
    Department of Neuroscience
    Telephone:  (401) 863-6305
    [email protected]