John Chen

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My laboratory studies neuroinflammation. In particular, we investigate the roles of molecular pathways and innate immune processes related to microglia in multiple sclerosis but also other diseases where CNS inflammation is prominent. A key aspect of our research is in deciphering complex in vivo biology by using innovative molecular imaging technologies, targeted molecular treatments, advanced experimental models as well as human trials. Ultimately we hope advance the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases by developing novel imaging and treatment strategies.

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Walsh RM, Shen EY, Bagot RC, Anselmo A, Jiang Y, Javidfar B, Wojtkiewicz GJ, Cloutier J, Chen JW, Sadreyev R, Nestler EJ, Akbarian S, Hochedlinger K
Phf8 loss confers resistance to depression-like and anxiety-like behaviors in mice.
Nat Commun. 2017;8:15142 - PMID: 28485378 - PMCID: PMC5436068
Keliher EJ, Ye YX, Wojtkiewicz GR, Aguirre AD, Tricot B, Senders ML, Groenen H, Fay F, Perez-Medina C, Calcagno C, Carlucci G, Reiner T, Sun Y, Courties G, Iwamoto Y, Kim HY, Wang C, Chen JW, Swirski FK, Wey HY, Hooker J, Fayad ZA, Mulder WJ, Weissleder R, Nahrendorf M
Polyglucose nanoparticles with renal elimination and macrophage avidity facilitate PET imaging in ischaemic heart disease.
Nat Commun. 2017;8:14064 - PMID: 28091604 - PMCID: PMC5241815
Kirschbaum K, Sonner JK, Zeller MW, Deumelandt K, Bode J, Sharma R, Kr├╝wel T, Fischer M, Hoffmann A, Costa da Silva M, Muckenthaler MU, Wick W, Tews B, Chen JW, Heiland S, Bendszus M, Platten M, Breckwoldt MO
In vivo nanoparticle imaging of innate immune cells can serve as a marker of disease severity in a model of multiple sclerosis.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016;113(46):13227-13232 - PMID: 27799546 - PMCID: PMC5135308
Pulli B, Wojtkiewicz G, Iwamoto Y, Ali M, Zeller MW, Bure L, Wang C, Choi Y, Masia R, Guimaraes AR, Corey KE, Chen JW
Molecular MR Imaging of Myeloperoxidase Distinguishes Steatosis from Steatohepatitis in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
Radiology. 2017;:160588 - PMID: 28358240 - PMCID: PMC5548451

Recent News (more...)

2016-08-01: CSB investigators - Mikael Pittet, PhD, Matthias Nahrendorf, MD, PhD, and John Chen, MD, PhD - have been named Distinguished Investigators of the Academy of Radiology Research. Congratulations!
2013-10-24: Benjamin Pulli, MD from the Chen Lab has been chosen by the RSNA Scientific Program Committee to receive the RSNA Travel Award for Young Investigators in Molecular Imaging for abstract "Molecular Magnetic Resonance Immunoradiology Reveals Novel Effect of Interferon-? on Myeloid Cells in Murine Multiple Sclerosis".
2012-12-11: "Imaging Early MS" - An Interview with John Chen, M.D., Ph.D. by Dana Foundation (pdf)
2012-11-29: Benjamin Pulli's work on distinguishing inflammatory liver disease from benign fatty liver was featured in the RSNA Daily Bulletin. (pdf)
2012-01-19: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs site highlights work of John Chen, M.D, Ph.D. - New Imaging Agent for Early Lesion Detection and Treatment Tracking in MS. (pdf)