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Manager and Research Coordinator, F.M. Kirby Research Center
Phone: 443-923-9510
Kennedy Krieger Institute

707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
United States

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Dr. James Pekar is a research scientist at Kennedy Krieger Institute and is the manager and research coordinator of the F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging. He is also a professor in the Russel H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at John Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Dr. Pekar completed his undergraduate degree in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and went on for his doctoral degree in biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1988. After fellowships at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Dr. Pekar served as an assistant professor of neurology and director of the neurobiological magnetic resonance laboratory at the Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Pekar joined Kennedy Krieger in 1999, and currently serves as the manager and research coordinator of the F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging.


Dr. Pekar is a biophysicist who uses a variety of magnetic resonance techniques to study brain physiology and function. In 2015, Dr. Pekar was named a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, “in recognition of contributions to the development of methods for the acquisition and analysis of magnetic resonance data reporting on brain physiology and function.” He has published more than 120 peer- reviewed scientific papers, which have been cited more than 20,000 times. Dr. Pekar’s recent work is focused on the study of spontaneous fluctuations in intrinsic brain networks (so-called resting-state functional MRI, or rsfMRI), including applications to intellectual and developmental disorders. Dr. Pekar serves as Manager of the F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging, a research resource where imaging scientists and neuroscientists collaborate to study brain function using unique state-of-the-art techniques in a safe comfortable environment, to further develop such techniques, and to provide training and education. Dr. Pekar works with center staff to serve the center's users and to keep the center on the leading edge of technology. 

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The F. M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging 
707 N. Broadway, Room G-25 
Baltimore, MD 21205 

Contact: 443-923-9510