Funds from a five-year, $9.6 million Institutional Development Award from the National Institutes of Health will help establish an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). The grant, obtained by Dr. Yoshio Okada of the UNM School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, will enable the UNM Health Sciences Center to construct a state-of-the art neuroimaging facility for brain research.

The facility at COBRE will complement the neuroimaging facilities at the UNM Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research Center (CMRRC) and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, making Albuquerque one of the premier sites for neuroimaging research in the country. Early phases of construction will start late this summer.

"The combined facility will help promising junior faculty members develop into NIH-funded neuroscientists," said Okada. "The grant provides funds for the young scientists to carry out research in diseases of the brain such as epilepsy, stroke and traumatic brain injury."
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