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Mccausland Center For Brain Imaging


Synergies

The McCausland Center for Brain Imaging (McCausland Center) is a Center of Economic Excellence within the Health Sciences South Carolina collaborative. With its Siemens 3 Tesla, Magnetic Resonance Imaging system McCausland Center is able to reveal how the brain is able to store memory and attend to important information (by suppressing irrelevant information), and deceive others. Further, we this tool provides a powerful tool for the diagnosis, prognosis and rehabilitation of brain injury. Beyond the center itself, we are closely connected with a network of facilities that allows us to leverage the synergistic strengths of several state-of-the-art tools.

Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-Star)

University of South Carolina professor Julius Fridriksson was awarded an $11.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), which researches stroke recovery and works to improve the lives and communication skills of patients after they suffer strokes.

The Institute for Mind & Brain

The University of South Carolina’s Institute for Mind & Brain is a physical home for several cognitive neuroscientists and a hub for many others. In addition to offices and conference rooms, the Institute houses state-of-the-art tools for electrophysiological recordings and eye tracking.

High-density Electrophysiological Recordings

  • Located in at the Institute (a short drive from the McCausland Center) are three high-density electrophysiological labs. This equipment measures event related potentials from the scalp. The latest portable system also allows recording simultaneously with MRI scans, allowing us to combine the fast sampling rate of ERPs with the spatial abilities of MRI. Users include Amit Almor, Suzanne Adlof, Melanie Palomares, John Richards and Jennifer Vendemia.

Transcranial Magnetic Resonance Center

  • Dr Roger Newman-Norlund leads the Brain Stimulation Lab. Located in the Discovery building just a couple miles from the McCausland Center, the BSL provides a powerful tool to understand brain function and investigate new methods to aid recovery from brain injury.

Center for Advanced Brain Imaging

  • Located by the sea in Charleston, the CAIR also has a 3T Siemens Trio. Experts like Joe Helpern have developed new images techniques such as diffusion kurtosis imaging, a promising technique for detecting brain abnormalities and changes that we are agressively testing at the McCausland Center.

Brain Stimulation Lab

  • Led by Dr Mark George, the BSL in Charleston is pioneering new methods in brain stimulation. Our close work with this team has led to new insights into how brain stimulation can help us understand brain function.