New Brain Research Facility will help better understand brain activity and human behaviour

An advanced scanner that could help scientists better understand brain activity and human behaviour has been installed at a new Plymouth research facility.

The Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC), is the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the South West, and will provide the sea-change to enhance the quality of our research in human neuroscience.

The Siemens Prisma MRI scanner is the first piece of machinery installed in the Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC) and will be equipped with multiple additional brain imaging technologies, to provide the first multi-modal MRI facility in the region. This means it is capable of measuring signals simultaneously from more than one imaging technique – allowing researchers to gather more data more quickly than with just one scan.

Set to open for research in early 2021, BRIC will welcome postgraduate students in human neuroscience for teaching sessions in the next academic year.

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