fMRI Machine Will Expand Research Capabilities

The University of Connecticut is in the process of purchasing and installing an fMRI machine for research at its flagship campus, adding a major asset to the University’s expertise in cognitive science, speech and language, and numerous other fields.

Scientists at UConn and other research institutions worldwide use the non-invasive, radiation-free technology of fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to assess how the brain’s blood flow and oxygen change in particular areas in response to certain stimuli. It can help illustrate how language and speech are acquired, how pain and emotions are processed, and a myriad other brain functions.

While UConn’s research in brain science is already robust, officials say having the fMRI equipment based at Storrs will be a powerful additional asset for faculty as they build on their expertise in a wide variety of areas.

The fMRI, for which the Board of Trustees approved the budget in the fall, could be in place in the Phillips Communication Sciences Building and ready for researchers’ use by early 2015 if all remains on schedule.

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