Mind Institute Hosts BBC Research Shoot

February 27, 2006

Contact: Luke Frank,272-3679


ALBUQUERQUE , NM The MIND Institute (Mental Illness and Neuroscience Discovery) welcomed the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) this week, as they film a television documentary about the evolution and underpinnings of human intelligence.

The documentary, scheduled to air this fall on the Discovery USA Network, as well as BBC Channel 4 in the United Kingdom , will highlight human intelligence research conducted at the MIND Institute and other U.S. research facilities.

University of New Mexico and MIND Institute Research Scientist Rex Jung, Ph.D., and University of California , Irvine (UCI), Professor Richard Haier, Ph.D., outlined in the documentary their recent research pinpointing the emergence of intelligence within particular regions of the human brain.

The BBC-produced documentary will focus on how the MIND's collaborative research with UCI relates to a recent discovery of two human genes, emerging as few as 6,000 years ago, that appear to control human brain size.

"In a just few short years, our work at the MIND Institute is being recognized globally as both groundbreaking and critical to solving the mysteries of brain injury and mental illness," remarks John Rasure, MIND CEO. "That's both gratifying and energizing for us as we continue in earnest our exploration of humankind's final frontier."

The MIND Institute , incorporated in 1998, is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to expanding neuroscience research using state-of-the-art technology. The organization's national headquarters are located on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque , New Mexico .

Collaborative research among The MIND Institute partners creates a powerful scientific consortium aggressively exploring brain research and neuroscience discovery. Research partners include Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital , Center for Magnetic Resonance Research and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota , Brain Sciences Center at Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center , and the BRAIN Center and Department of Psychiatry at University of New Mexico .

For more information on the MIND, visitwww.themindinstitute.org.

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