Brian B. Roman

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With the development of recent transgenic techniques, studies involving mice offer opportunities to increase understanding of cardiac disease. This provides motivation for the current study to perform noninvasive evaluation of the normal and hypertrophied mouse heart with MRI. By acquiring ECG and respiratory signals, the MR image acquisition was gated to(More)
Although the quality and speed of MR images have vastly improved with the development of novel RF coil technologies, the engineering expertise required to implement them is often not available in many animal in vivo MR laboratories. We present here an open birdcage coil design which is easily constructed with basic RF coil expertise and produces high(More)
Complement activation and inflammation are key disease features of systemic lupus erythematosus. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent that inhibits the complement cascade. Therefore, we hypothesized that curcumin will be protective in CNS lupus. To assess the effect of curcumin on CNS-lupus, MRL/lpr mice were used. Brain MRI showed that curcumin (30mg/kg(More)
Genetic variability has a profound effect on the development of cardiac hypertrophy in response to stress. Consequently, using a variety of inbred mouse strains with known genetic profiles may be powerful models for studying the response to cardiovascular stress. To explore this approach we looked at male C57BL/6J and 129/SvJ mice. Hemodynamic analyses of(More)
The mammalian brain and skull develop concurrently in a coordinated manner, consistently producing a brain and skull that fit tightly together. It is common that abnormalities in one are associated with related abnormalities in the other. However, this is not always the case. A complete characterization of the relationship between brain and skull phenotypes(More)
We report the first detection of a planetary-mass companion to a star using the High Resolution Spectrograph (HRS) of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET). The HET-HRS now gives routine radial velocity precision of 2-3 m s −1 for high SNR observations of quiescent stars. The planetary-mass companion to the metal-rich K0V star HD 37605 has an orbital period of(More)
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