The Neuroimaging (NI) Core strengthens a strong, “disease agnostic” university resource – the Center for Biomedical Imaging. Specifically, the NI Core creates the infrastructure to support stroke recovery and rehabilitation research by supplying both training and mentoring to SCRCRS investigators and appropriate support staff to develop advanced methods and analysis in this area. Notably, the NI Core is the lead model that will prove the concept that institutional investment in cutting-edge resources with widespread biomedical research applications will drive the development of disease-specific, programmatically-critical, specialized resources.
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The NI Core utilizes two major imaging scanners that are dedicated to research: a Siemens 3T Vario (human studies) and a 7T Bruker BioSpec 70/30 MRI (animal studies).
The NI Core utilizes a special purpose 10-channel head coil, constructed to allow the simultaneous acquisition of MR images and the application of TMS inside the scanner. As one of approximately a dozen institutions around the world capable of acquiring this type of data, the NI Core can probe the mechanisms underlying the success of TMS, aiding therapy in the functional recovery from stroke.