Research Director & Staff Scientist, Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Dr. Irene Wang is Research Director and Staff Scientist at Cleveland Clinic's Epilepsy Center, Joint Staff with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine.
The focus of Dr. Wang’s research is to advance surgical treatment of MRI-negative (nonlesional) epilepsy patients through novel imaging and neurophysiology techniques. Her specific research interests are: epilepsy imaging (3T and 7T structural MRI, MR fingerprinting); MRI post-processing (voxel-based and surface-based methods); as well as integration of multiple modalities used in pre-surgical evaluation.
To date, her publications include 116 peer-reviewed papers and 13 book chapters, featuring >3000 citations appearing in the ISI database. Dr. Irene Wang’s research has been featured on the cover of Brain, Human Brain Mapping, Journal of MRI and Clinical Neurophysiology. Her work has been highlighted many times on Epilepsy Currents, and more recently on Nature Reviews Neurology.
Dr. Wang has received several awards and grants from various funding agencies including an National Institute of Health (NIH) R01. She is a charter member of Emerging Imaging Technologies in Neuroscience (EITN) study section. Dr. Wang also chairs the MRI Data Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Big Data Commission, and serves as a committee member of the Imaging Task Force of the ILAE Diagnostic Methods Commission.
A pioneer of the field, Dr. Wang has led efforts to translate advanced imaging research into everyday clinical practice, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care always in mind. She has led her group to perform more than 1,000 MRI post-processing / multimodal integration cases for epilepsy presurgical evaluation, and actively participates in patient management conferences with clinical colleagues. Dr. Wang has directly mentored more than 30 trainees, whom went on to successfully complete conference abstracts/presentations and peer-reviewed publications, and have continued on their career paths with excellent academic performance and research achievements.
Dr. Wang is a passionate advocate for engineers to contribute to clinical care. As a member of Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute Women’s Leadership Cohort, she generated and guided leadership initiatives to establish/strengthen connections with universities nation-wide, and drove to expand hiring capacity for many, highly talented engineers to work, grow, and thrive in a clinical environment. “Uncovering the Hidden Career Pathways of Engineers in Health Care”, is a successful recurring seminar/panel she chairs, which has inspired many students to pursue studies in engineering and computer science.
Education & Fellowships
Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA
Undergraduate - Zhejiang University
Awards & Honors
The focus of Dr. Wang’s research is to advance surgical treatment of MRI-negative (nonlesional) epilepsy patients through novel imaging and neurophysiology techniques:
Advanced MRI post-processing coupled with machine/deep learning to improve detection of epileptogenic lesions
Ultra high-field 7T MRI for epilepsy
MR fingerprinting for epilepsy
Multimodal structural/functional connectivity analyses for epilepsies associated with periventricular nodular heterotopia
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Anatomic Basis of Neurologic Diagnosis. Second Edition. Thieme. Cary D. Alberstone, Edward Benzel, Stephen E. Jones, Zhong Irene Wang, Michael Steinmetz. 2023.
Below are a selection of publications from Dr. Irene Wang and her lab. Bold font indicates members of Dr. Wang’s group who contributed to authorship.
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