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Zang-Hee Cho, Ph.D. (University Professor and Director)

University Professor & Director, Neuroscience Research Institute, Gachon University of Medicine & Science, Korea
Professor Emeritus, Radiological Sciences and Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of California, Irvine, USA

• Education:

B.S., Electronics, Seoul National University, Korea, 1960
M.S., Electronics, Seoul National University, Korea, 1962
Ph.D., Applied Physics, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1966

• Location:

Neuroscience Research Institute,
2F 1198 Guwol-dong, Namdong-gu
Incheon, 405-760

• Phone:

++82-(32) 460-2083 Office/Lab
++82-(32) 460-2081 Fax

• Keywords:

Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, MRI-PET Fusion, PET, MRI, CT, Nuclear physics

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• Biography:

Professor Zang-Hee Cho (Head and Director of the NRI) graduated Seoul National University with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in 1960 and 1962, respectively. He continued his study at Uppsala University (Sweden) and earned his Ph.D. in 1966. Before he joined UCI as a Professor and Director of MRI Research in 1985, Dr.Cho has been a faculty at the University of Stockholm and University of California-Los Angeles. In 1979, Dr.Cho moved to Columbia University as a Professor of Radiology (Physics) and served as a co-Director of Imaging Center at Columbia University Imaging Laboratory untill 1984 before he joined UCI. Professor Cho has been a pioneer of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) since the inception of the computerized tomography (CT) in 1972. He was first one who pioneered mathematical algorithms related to CT scanners and developed one of the first 3-D image reconstruction algorithms. Dr. Cho subsequently developed the world’s first "Ring PET" in 1975 and its nuclear detector "Bismuth Germanate Oxide (BGO)" in1976, both of which revolutionized modern brain-imaging. Today, invariably all the PET scanners, both research prototypes and commercial devices, are "Ring" types with "BGO" nuclear scintillation detectors. Since late 1970s, Professor Cho has been in MRI Research and developed numerous methods and algorithms related to NMR imaging. In 1985, Dr.Cho developed world’s first 2.0 Tesla MRI and developed numerous imaging techniques ranging from chemical shift imaging to ultra fast scan echo planar imaging and NMR microscopy. Since early 1990s, Dr. Cho has been interested in neuroimaging research and pioneered first acupuncture MRI, the Neuro-Accupuncture widely accepted in search of acupuncture mechanism based on neuroscience. Lastly among the numerous honors and awards he has received, Dr. Cho was elected as a member of the US National Academy of Sciences- Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea in 1998, respectively. Professor Cho is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Imaging System and Technology, Neuroimaging and Brain Mapping, John Wiley & Sons and also serves as a half dozen of Editorial Board Members of various scientific journals related to imaging. Professor Cho resumed a position of University Professor at Gachon Medical School and Director of Neuroscience Research Institute, Incheon, Korea since the year 2004 and engaged in research in the areas of brain imaging with ultra high field MRI and PET.