Research Imaging Institute

Peter Fox, Ph. D. ; Director of Research Imaging Institute

The Research Imaging Institute (RII) is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The RII is a research resource which maintains its own grant portfolio, while promoting collaborative projects that cross departmental and institutional boundaries. The RII is independently administered as departmental equivalent, reporting to the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center. The RII is operated as an “open door“ laboratory, allowing ready access to investigators from other departments and institutions. Through this “open door” policy, the RII has developed an outstanding portfolio of inter-disciplinary, collaborative grants and a large and growing network of collaborators on a world-wide basis.

Mission. The mission of the RII is to perform basic, clinical and translational research using noninvasive, biomedical imaging methods for measuring the structure and function of living organisms. Neuroscience research is given highest priority.


History. The RII was created in 1991 with authorization from the University of Texas Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas State Legislature. Facilities funding was provided from a variety of philanthropic sources, with the Ross Perot Foundation making the largest donation ($10 million). The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense jointly contributed funds for instrumentation. Operating funds were provided by a Special Project appropriation from the Texas State Legislature. After a successful performance review by the THECB, the RII was a made a permanent component of the UTHSCSA budget in 1996.


Leadership. From its inception, the RII has been directed by Peter T. Fox, M.D..


Organization. The RII is organized as Divisions, Services and Programs.
Divisions are: Positron Emission Tomography (Paul Jerabek, Chief); Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Timothy Duong, Chief); Human Electrophysiology (Shalini Narayana, Chief); Biomedical Image Analysis (Jack Lancaster, Chief); Translational Imaging (M. Duff Davis, Chief); and Human Performance (Donald Robin, Chief).
Services are: Administration (Jean Hardies, Chief); NeuroCognitive Assessment (David Glahn); and, Technical Support (John Li, Chief).
Programs: Computational Biology (James Bower), Speech and Language (Donald Robin), Genomic Imaging (David Glahn), and Human Neuroscience (Peter Fox).


Access. Access to the RII’s research resources is on a collaborative basis. To discuss potential collaborations, interested investigators should contact an RII Division Chief or faculty member. Projects are subject to review by the Utilization Review Committee (link to Protocol Review Process page).