Allen W 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 Neurobiology
  • Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

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
  • National Institutes of Health, 1996

Courses Taught

  • NEUROBIO 393: Research Independent Study
  • NEUROBIO 793: Research in Neurobiology

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Ma, Yixin, Iain P. Bruce, Chun-Hung Yeh, Jeffrey R. Petrella, Allen W. Song, and Trong-Kha Truong. “Column-based cortical depth analysis of the diffusion anisotropy and radiality in submillimeter whole-brain diffusion tensor imaging of the human cortical gray matter in vivo.” Neuroimage 270 (March 1, 2023): 119993.
  • Cuthbertson, Jonathan D., Trong-Kha Truong, Robert Stormont, Fraser Robb, Allen W. Song, and Dean Darnell. “An iPRES-W Coil Array for Simultaneous Imaging and Wireless Localized B0 Shimming of the Cervical Spinal Cord.” Magn Reson Med 88, no. 2 (August 2022): 1002–14.
  • Hall, Shana A., Ryan P. Bell, Syam Gadde, Sheri L. Towe, Muhammad Tauseef Nadeem, Peter S. McCann, Allen W. Song, and Christina S. Meade. “Strengthened and posterior-shifted structural rich-club organization in people who use cocaine.” Drug Alcohol Depend 235 (June 1, 2022): 109436.
  • Darnell, Dean, Trong-Kha Truong, and Allen W. Song. “Recent Advances in Radio-Frequency Coil Technologies: Flexible, Wireless, and Integrated Coil Arrays.” J Magn Reson Imaging 55, no. 4 (April 2022): 1026–42.
  • Howard, Cortney M., Shivangi Jain, Angela D. Cook, Lauren E. Packard, Hollie A. Mullin, Nan-Kuei Chen, Chunlei Liu, Allen W. Song, and David J. Madden. “Cortical iron mediates age-related decline in fluid cognition.” Hum Brain Mapp 43, no. 3 (February 15, 2022): 1047–60.