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

Contact Information

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


  • Emory University, 1999
  • National Institutes of Health, 1996
  • 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

  • Green, JJ; Boehler, CN; Roberts, KC; Chen, L-C; Krebs, RM; Song, AW; Woldorff, MG, Cortical and Subcortical Coordination of Visual Spatial Attention Revealed by Simultaneous EEG-fMRI Recording., The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol 37 no. 33 (2017), pp. 7803-7810 [10.1523/jneurosci.0326-17.2017] [abs].
  • Bruce, IP; Chang, H-C; Petty, C; Chen, N-K; Song, AW, 3D-MB-MUSE: A robust 3D multi-slab, multi-band and multi-shot reconstruction approach for ultrahigh resolution diffusion MRI., NeuroImage, vol 159 (2017), pp. 46-56 [10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.07.035] [abs].
  • 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, vol 78 no. 1 (2017), pp. 172-181 [10.1002/mrm.26361] [abs].
  • Darnell, D; Truong, T-K; Song, AW, Integrated parallel reception, excitation, and shimming (iPRES) with multiple shim loops per radio-frequency coil element for improved B0 shimming., Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol 77 no. 5 (2017), pp. 2077-2086 [10.1002/mrm.26267] [abs].
  • Chou, Y-H; Sundman, M; Whitson, HE; Gaur, P; Chu, M-L; Weingarten, CP; Madden, DJ; Wang, L; Kirste, I; Joliot, M; Diaz, MT; Li, Y-J; Song, AW; Chen, N-K, Maintenance and Representation of Mind Wandering during Resting-State fMRI., Scientific Reports, vol 7 (2017) [10.1038/srep40722] [abs].