The centerpiece of the INC is a Siemens Tim Trio 3 Tesla system equipped with 12- and 32-channel head coils for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). INC researchers use different types of images to explore the brain, including: functional MRI (fMRI) to measure brain activity related to various behaviors; diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to understand the connectivity and architecture within the brain; and structural imaging to determine the locations and sizes of brain structures. INC researchers investigate brain activity and structure in healthy and clinical populations across all ages, from young children to older adults.
At the INC we believe a highly collaborative research community benefits all of our clients. To that end we provide research support through weekly group meetings, e-mail list servs, a web site, videoconferences with our sister site at the Mind Research Network, and extensive wiki pages that archive shared information such as text for grant applications and experimental protocols. These resources assist our researchers in staying up-to-date on analysis techniques and imaging methods, providing feedback on effective study designs, and integrating new technologies into existing research programs. Although our clients are located across the region, we strive to build a community that transcends geographical boundaries.