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The CBIC was founded in 2003 through a generous gift from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The very ambitious and ultimate mission of the Center is to understand human consciousness. On our way to achieve our mission, the researchers of the CBIC are also pursuing several intermediate goals of importance:

  • to explore the neural basis of higher brain function
  • to develop new tools for the imaging of brain structure and function
  • to train a diverse student and faculty group in structural and functional neuroimaging
  • to foster interdisciplinary research in brain science

Researchers at the CBIC use state of the art MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners to conduct research studies of the brain and its mechanisms. Our 8,100 square foot main campus facility houses four High-Field MR systems:

  • Siemens 3 Tesla 32 channel Tim Trio
  • Siemens 3 Tesla 18 channel Tim Trio with AC88 gradient insert
  • Bruker 7 Tesla 20 cm bore combined PET/MRI system
  • Bruker 4.7 Tesla vertical bore system