The UConn Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) opened in June 2015. The BIRC is housed in the David C. Phillips Communication Sciences Building, which underwent significant renovations to accommodate the MRI scanner as well as several research laboratories. The center houses a 3T Siemens Prisma MRI scanner alongside equipment for collecting data with high-density EEG systems, eye tracking, and a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) system. Researchers interested in receiving updates and discussion of the BIRC should join our mailing list MRI_Center-L, available through listserv.uconn.edu!
The BIRC is a vibrant hub for multi-disciplinary research, including both basic science and translational research with implications for the classroom, clinic, and quality of life. The Center facilitates scientific discovery and theoretical innovation in cognitive neuroscience and other fields by providing access to state-of-the-art equipment and methods and technical and scientific training. It supports both brain and whole-body imaging and research across the life span and on a range of clinical and nonclinical populations. Additionally, the Center provides educational and research opportunities for UConn’s graduate and undergraduate students and disseminates scientific knowledge to the broader university community, relevant professional communities, and the general public.
The mission of the Center is defined by the following goals:
- To facilitate scientific discovery and theoretical and methodological innovation
- To serve as an intellectual center for interdisciplinary basic and clinical research
- To prepare graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for careers in academia and related fields
- To provide undergraduate students with research experience and other educational opportunities
- To disseminate scientific knowledge to the broader university community, relevant professional communities, and the general public