Dr. Joseph Helpern
Endowed Chair in
Brain Imaging at MUSC

Dr. Helpern is leading a new biomedical imaging initiative at MUSC while also continuing his personal research activities, which focus mainly on using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to investigate neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ADHD, and stroke. Helpern has been working in the MRI field since its inception. He was part of a small group of scientists at Baylor College of Medicine who, in 1979, built the largest and most powerful MRI system to date. In 1990, he helped build the first version of the current state-of-the-art 3 Tesla MRI system. Helpern holds four patents related to imaging techniques. His research has been heavily funded by the NIH and other sources. In 2005, Helpern was elected by his peers as a fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Dr. Helpern is affiliated with the SC Center of Economic Excellence in Brain Imaging at USC (MUSC is a partner institution).