The Siemens 3T Trio Magnetic Resonance Imaging System, a highly powerful magnetic resonance scanner, is to be installed in the Center for Innovation and Creativity at CU-Boulder, Colorado. The Center also contains one of the world’s 52 fastest computers, the Janus supercomputer.
These two powerful pieces of science equipment will enable scientists to delve further than ever before into the depths of understanding the human brain and it’s behavioral affects.
The endeavor that brought about this combination is the new partnership between CU-Boulder and the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, N.M., being named the Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium.
The new Consortium will consist of researchers from Boulder, the Front Range and New Mexico, and all will participate in investigating the human brain-behavior link.
In a press release, Marie Banich, Executive Director of the new Consortium and Director of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Cognitive Science, stated that “the implications of the work to be performed here at CU-Boulder are far-reaching. These range from revealing the causes of mental illness and addiction, which in turn can lead to the creation of new avenues for treatments, to understanding factors that influence how easy or difficult it is to pay attention.”
Additional research by CU-Boulder’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics will also be able to utilize the 25,000 pound, $3 million scanner to catagorize which brain functions are guided by genetics and which are guided more by raw environment.
Studies in how the brain transforms through childhood and adolescence from a psychological development aspect will be conducted, as well as studies of the extent to which the brain is affected by training and other interventions.
The Janus supercomputer will also be equipped with CU-Boulder developed software and will enable researchers to analyze multitudes of brain measurements.
The entire method of this research will also be made easier by allowing researchers to cease making trips to other institutions in order to utilize scanners.
attribution: CU press release.