Allen W Song

Allen Wuming Song

Professor in Radiology

The research in our lab is concerned with advancing structural and functional MRI methodologies (e.g. fast and high-resolution imaging techniques) for human brain imaging. We also aim to improve our understanding of functional brain signals, including spatiotemporal characterizations of the blood oxygenation level dependent contrast and alternative contrast mechanisms that are more directly linked to the neuronal activities. Additional effort is invested in applying and validating the developed methods to study human functional neuroanatomy.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in Radiology
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor in Neurobiology
  • Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
  • Director of the Center for Brain Imaging and Analysis

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 40 Duke Medicine Circle, Davison 414, Box 3918, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: (919) 684-1215
  • Email Address:


  • Ph.D. Medical College of Wisconsin, 1995

Research Interests

Song's research program is centered on high-resolution MRI methodological development to best depict and detect human brain structure and function.


Medical Imaging

Courses Taught

  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Hu, Z; Ma, X; Truong, T-K; Song, AW; Guo, H, Phase-updated regularized SENSE for navigator-free multishot diffusion imaging., Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2016) [10.1002/mrm.26361] [abs].
  • Guhaniyogi, S; Chu, M-L; Chang, H-C; Song, AW; Chen, N-K, Motion immune diffusion imaging using augmented MUSE for high-resolution multi-shot EPI., Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol 75 no. 2 (2016), pp. 639-652 [10.1002/mrm.25624] [abs].
  • Chang, H-C; Sundman, M; Petit, L; Guhaniyogi, S; Chu, M-L; Petty, C; Song, AW; Chen, N-K, Human brain diffusion tensor imaging at submillimeter isotropic resolution on a 3Tesla clinical MRI scanner., NeuroImage, vol 118 (2015), pp. 667-675 [10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.06.016] [abs].
  • Chou, Y-H; Hickey, PT; Sundman, M; Song, AW; Chen, N-K, Effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on motor symptoms in Parkinson disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis., JAMA Neurology, vol 72 no. 4 (2015), pp. 432-440 [10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.4380] [abs].
  • Carpenter, KLH; Angold, A; Chen, N-K; Copeland, WE; Gaur, P; Pelphrey, K; Song, AW; Egger, HL, Preschool anxiety disorders predict different patterns of amygdala-prefrontal connectivity at school-age., PloS one, vol 10 no. 1 (2015) [10.1371/journal.pone.0116854] [abs].