Carolyn Mountford, Ph.D.


Assistant Investigator
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Mass General Research Institute
Lecturer on Radiology
Harvard Medical School
Research Staff
Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
PhD University of Oxford 1986
brca 2; brca1; breast imaging; breast neoplasms; choline; l-cosy; localised correlated spectroscopy; magnetic resonance spectroscopy; post traumatic stress disorder; prostate; prostatic diseases; ptsd

Dr. Mountford is a specialist in magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). This work has resulted in techniques and therapies used by research centres and hospitals for patients with cancer, brain tumors, and neurologic and psychological disorders. She is currently working with the United States and Australian military on a new in vivo MR approach that can detect changes to brain chemistry and may lead to new therapies for brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

To date, Mountford has secured approximately $39 million in funding grants. She is the author or co-author of more than 180 peer-review articles and the holder of five significant patents in the areas of cancer, chronic pain, head injury and MR, with a further five patents in the pipeline.

Mountford is currently the CEO and Director of Research for the Translational Research Institute (Australia). Since 2006 Mountford has been the Director for Clinical Spectroscopy at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and since 2007 has been a Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

From 2011 until early 2015, Mounford was the Director for the Centre for MR in Health and Professor in Radiology at Newcastle University, Newcastle, New South Wales, where she was instrumental in securing the MRI scanning center.