The University of Colorado and Denver VA Medical Center Brain Imaging Center is a research-dedicated facility that supports a wide variety of human imaging research efforts, including over 40 NIH R01s and similar large-scale funded projects. The Center’s resources include a 3 Tesla whole-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, a 248 channel magnetoencephalography (MEG) system, and a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation laboratory (TMS).
The Center’s MRI scanner is used extensively for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and structural imaging. To compliment the superior spatial resolution of MRI, the MEG facility can provide electrophysiological measures of neuronal processes with excellent temporal resolution. In addition to measuring neuronal activity with fMRI and MEG, TMS can be used to modify cortical responses, providing a powerful new tool for studying brain function.
The highly collaborative researchers at the Brain Imaging Center are interested in many aspects of brain development, normal function and disease processes. Some of the Center’s largest research interests include Substance Abuse, Addiction/Craving, Schizophrenia, Autism, Executive Control, White Matter Diseases, Eating Behaviors/Obesity.