UNM BRaIN Imaging Center Awarded $5.5 Million


Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager, 505/272-3679; cell 505/907-9525

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – UNM’s Biomedical Research and Integrative Neuroimaging Center, or BRaIN Imaging Center, recently was awarded a $5.5-million, five-year grant by the National Center for Research Resources, an arm of the National institutes for Health. The grant will continue advancing the Health Sciences Center’s (HSC) Integrative Program in Central Nervous System Pathophysiology Research through one of more than 60 Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in the U.S.

The COBRE initiative supports thematic, multidisciplinary centers to augment and strengthen institutional research capacity, increase the competitiveness of junior faculty for NIH grants and enhance research infrastructure through the establishment of necessary core facilities. COBRE Centers promote collaborative, interactive efforts among researchers with complementary backgrounds, skills and expertise.

Established in 2001 with the support from a NIH COBRE Phase I grant, UNM’s BRaIN Imaging Center houses a globally unique assemblage of imaging technologies for in-vivo and in-vitro studies – magnetic resonance imaging, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging, and c onfocal laser scanning microscopy.

The BRaIN Imaging Center hosts constituents from numerous HSC and Main Campus departments, UNM’s Clinical and Translational Science Center and others investigating stroke, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and other neurological diseases at the molecular level.

“For the last 10 years, our center has been supported by NIH COBRE grants to establish state-of-the-art imaging core facilities and to train promising junior faculty to become independent researchers. This round of funding will focus predominantly on providing these unique and powerful imaging core facilities to the entire UNM research community,” states Jim Liu, Ph.D., UNM BRaIN Imaging Center director. “We’ve formed some potent networks within UNM and in the New Mexico research community, and even have users in France, China and Japan, but we want to attract more institutional researchers while cultivating our own HSC junior investigators.”

The BRaIN Center shares a roof with the Mind Research Network in UNM North Campus’s Domenici Hall and will anchor UNM’s evolving Brain & Behavioral Illness Institute. For more information on UNM’s BRaIN Center, visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/som/brain/.

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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