A research group from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a five year $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to use in developing techniques for characterizing anatomical objects that are seen in medical images.

The grant will be used to support UNC’s Medical Image Display and Analysis Group, which uses images created by tomography, magnetic resonance and others, in helping doctors diagnose disease and deliver treatments and therapies to assist those patients in need, UNC says.

In the statement Dr. Stephen Pizer, MIDAG’s principal investigator, says: “We are excited that we can combine medical contributions which can improve the health of patients with scientific contributions as to what anatomic shape is and how to compute its properties.”

The grant funds will be used to develop ways to model three dimensional anatomic objects of a body’s organs, and to support research into the development and diagnosis of schizophrenia.

The MIDAG, a multidisciplinary group formed in 1974, consists of 100 UNC faculty members, graduate students and others from 11 different departments.

Web site: midag.cs.unc.edu