MIND Institute Partnering with CMRRC to Develop Joint Centralized Imaging Research Center

In January 2002, the UNM HSC Clinical & Magnetic Resonance Research Center (CMRRC) officially partnered resources with the MIND Institute to develop a joint centralized imaging research center focused on better understanding the human brain and mind in health and disease.  The joint center will emphasize the study of the normal functions of the healthy brain such as memory and attention, as well as the study of the brain dysfunctions that characterize a wide variety of neurological and mental disorders.

A state-of-the-art 4T Varian high field magnet had already been sited at the facility, chosen to expand the site's capacity for spectroscopy—a longstanding strength of the CMRRC—as well as other imaging modalities such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMR).  Additional scientists and other staff were employed by the MIND Institute to contribute to a collaborative team for the joint center.  Westwork Architects began designing additional space to house the program, which by 2004 will be well-equipped with standard and high-field scanners as well as magnetoencephalography (MEG).

The administrative team of the joint center is headed by Dr. Nancy Andreasen, director and Dr. Corey Ford, co-director.  They have begun reorganization activities to incorporate a new vision and mission. At the beginning of this new year, 2003, they invite the community to recognize the joint center by its new name:  The MIND Imaging Center



Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322