Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become an essential technique in the field of neuroscience research. It makes it possible to obtain three-dimensional images of the brain with a millimetre resolution and in a completely non-invasive manner.
Thanks to functional MRI, researchers can localise brain activations in response to a given stimulus or requested action. The images acquired can also be coupled with the recording of physiological signals (heart rate, breathing rate etc.). The combination of all of this data makes it possible to define brain functionality more accurately.
At Campus Biotech, the MRI platform is entirely dedicated to neuroscience studies. This research demands sophisticated analysis at the forefront of technology and so the latest equipment is used. The scanner has the most modern and innovative MRI applications that make it possible to capture images of brain function with better spatial and temporal resolution. The system for recording physiological signals contains various different modules for expanding the study data. A high definition screen and 3D glasses contribute towards better visualisation.
An MRI "Mock Scanner" simulator is also available so that researchers can elaborate their studies and better prepare participants for the MRI tunnel environment and the different tasks that they will have to perform.
Scientific leadership of the platform is overseen by Professors Olaf Blanke (EPFL) and Patrik Vuilleumier (UNIGE).
Dr. Roberto Martuzzi and Ms. Loan Mattera are present at Campus Biotech to ensure that the MRI studies are coordinated and run smoothly.