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September 2003 Issue

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CIR Grand Opening

Published September 2003

The Center for Imaging Research (CIR) at the UC College of Medicine will host its official opening September 18, 2003. The centerpiece of the CIR is a 4T 19-ton Varian INOVA full body human magnetic resonance imaging system. This high-field MRI system was initially installed last fall and scientists have been working steadily since then to prepare this finely tuned scientific instrument for human neuroscience investigations. With this system, UC scientists can examine living, human brain structures in both healthy and ill individuals. They can use this system to study how different parts of the brain respond to different tasks, from solving controlling language functions to paying attention. The scientists have also developed techniques to study brain aneu-rysms less than 1 mm in size. Currently, a number of projects have been initiated including a study of impulse regulation in bipolar disorder, speech formation in patients with epilepsy, and recovery of brain function following a stroke. The CIR serves as a core research facility for the College of Medicine and is a central part of UC's commitment to brain research.

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