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Ziad S. Saad, Ph.D.
Photo Not Available   Dr. Ziad received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon in 1993. He received his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1996) and his Ph.D. in Functional Imaging and Biomedical Engineering in (2000) from a joint program at Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He came to the NIMH in 2000 as a visiting fellow in the Functional Imaging Methods Unit in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition. In 2001 he joined the NIMH Statistical and Scientific Computing Core.
Research Interests
Dr. Saad's work in the SSCC involves consulting on MRI and fMRI brain imaging data analysis and developing new tools and methods of analysis. Recent development effort have gone into creating SUMA, a suite of programs for cortical surface model based analyses and displays (see http://afni.nimh.nih.gov/pub/dist/doc/SUMA/SUMA_doc.htm for info and pictures about SUMA). SUMA interfaces directly and in real time with AFNI, a Functional Neuroimaging analysis software package. Other projects include development of a new method for inter-subject data analyses on standardized cortical surface meshes and development of a MATLAB library interfacing with AFNI data sets. He also consults on FMRI experimental design paradigms and data processing and interpretation with diverse NIH intramural labs and branches.
Representative Selected Recent Publications:
  • Saad, Z.S., Glen, D.R., Chen, G., Beauchamp, M.S., Desai, R., Cox, R.W. : A New Method for Improving Functional-to-Structural MRI Alignment using Local Pearson Correlation. Neuroimage, 44:839-848, 2009.
  • Olsen, R.K., Kippenhan, S.J., Japee, S., Kohn, P., Mervis, C.B., Saad, Z.S., Morris, C.A., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Berman, K.F.: Retinotopically-Defined Primary Visual Cortex in Williams Syndrome. Brain , 132(3):635-644, 2009.
  • Nahab, F.B., Hattori, N., Saad, Z.S., Hallett, M. : Contagious yawning and the frontal lobe: An fMRI study. Human Brain Mapping , 30(5):1744-1751, 2009.
  • Simmons, J.M., Saad, Z.S., Lizak, M.J., Ortiz, M., Koretsky, A.P., Richmond, B.J: Mapping prefrontal circuits in vivo with manganese-enhanced MRI in monkeys. J. Neuroscience, 28:7637-7647, 2008.
  • Simonyan, K., Saad, Z.S., Loucks T.M.J., Poletto, C.J., Ludlow, C.L.: Functional neuroanatomy of human voluntary cough and sniff production. Neuroimage, 37: 401- 409, 2007.
  • Saad, Z. S., Chen, G., Reynolds, R. C., Christidis, P. P., Hammett, R. K., Bellgowan, P. S. F., Cox, R. W.: FIAC Analysis According to AFNI and SUMA. Human Brain Mapping, 27 (5):417424, 2006.

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