Intelligence Research Community Convenes in ABQ

December 2, 2005

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative,272-3679


ALBUQUERQUE , NM The Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR) was held December 1-3 in Albuquerque , New Mexico . As part of the conference, a special neuroimaging symposium was held at the MIND Institute and UNM MIND Imaging Center .

Founded in 2000, ISIR is a scientific society, with members throughout the world, for researchers interested in human intelligence. This year's conference featured such diverse topics as brain imaging, evolution, and gender differences in intelligence.

Included in the conference this year was a meeting and tour of UNM's state-of-the-art MIND Imaging Center , where internationally pre-eminent intelligence researchers explored the powerful research tools provided by the MIND Imaging Center 's unparalleled concentration of divergent but complementary imaging technologies.

"We were honored and very excited to have such an elite community of intelligence researchers from all over the world visit the MIND Institute here in Albuquerque ," said CEO John Rasure. "This was a great time to introduce first-hand the MIND Institute and its many missions associated with the human brain."

Coincidentally, this year's conference marked the 100thanniversary of the first quantitative measure of intelligence: the Binet-Simon Intelligence Scale. This year also marks a full century since Dr. Albert Einstein, the iconic genius of the 20thCentury, introduced four seminal papers in physics, for which he was subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize.

"Over the past decade or so, the imaging equipment and processes available for studying how human intelligence arises in the brain have evolved exponentially," added UNM researcher Rex Jung, Ph.D. "This was a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate how intelligence research has truly entered a new, modern era in the 21stCentury, while paying tribute to researchers of the last century who got us here."

The ISIR conference and meetings were held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Convention Center . For more information on the conference, visitwww.isironline.orgor call 216/368-2681.

The MIND Institute, of which the MIND Imaging Center at UNM is an integral component, is a unique scientific consortium between the University of New Mexico , Harvard University , the University of Minnesota , Los Alamos National Laboratory and other leading research facilities. Its investigators are developing cutting-edge neuroimaging technologies, sharing their advances and pooling their resources with one another, making the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Many different imaging techniques can be used to study the brain, such as structural magnetic resonance (sMR), functional magnetic resonance (fMR), magnetoencephalography (MEG), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and optical imaging. The MIND Institute combines these multi-faceted tools from institutions across the country to create a "virtual" image of brain structure and function.

This integrative strategy sharing techniques and expertise across sites and combining multiple approaches to understanding the mind and brain positions them to apply answers to crucial questions about the mechanisms and treatment of mental illness and neurological disorders.

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center provides added value to health care through leadership in providing innovative, collaborative education; advancing frontiers of science through research critical to the future of health care; delivering health care services that are at the forefront of science; and facilitating partnerships with public and private biomedical and health enterprises.

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