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Richard G.S. Spencer, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P.
Senior Investigator, Chief, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Section
Director, 3T MRI Core Facility for Translational Research
Richard Spencer, Ph.D., M.D., F.A.C.P.

Richard Spencer obtained his Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working with Joanne Ingwall at the NMR Laboratory for Physiological Chemistry of Harvard Medical School, and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Robert Griffin at the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory of MIT before joining the National Institute on Aging, where he is Chief of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscoy Section and Director, 3T MRI Core Facility for Translational Research. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Research Interests: The Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Section (MRISS) performs biophysical and physiological studies on human subjects, experimental animals, and tissue and cellular preparations. Current research emphasizes 31P NMR-based evaluation of muscle bioenergetics under stress, application of alternative signal models of transverse relaxation processes in cartilage and muscle, and multivariate statistical analysis of MRI parameters obtained from connective tissue.  The goal of this work is to both better understand the microstructure of muscle and connective tissue ex vivo and in human subjects, and to increase clinical diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for detection of cartilage and muscle characteristics in response to pathology and as accompany normative aging. 

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Laboratory of Clinical Investigation
Biomedical Research Center
251 Bayview Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21224-6825

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