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The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, biomedical research using ultrahigh field magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.

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Recent Center News

10.5T reached!

Dec 17, 2014 CMRR's new 10.5T magnet is in the final stages of being ramped and has reached a field strength of 10.5T+.


Human Connectome Project - Mapping the Human Brain


The Human Connectome Project, or HCP, has brought the combined brainpower of 36 investigators — including six from the University of Minnesota —from 11 different institutions to bear on the challenges of understanding the human brain. Now just past the midpoint, the five-year, $30 million research effort is mapping the vast network of neurons and the trillions of interconnections that compose this elaborate organ.


Kamil Ugurbil, PhD Receives Medical School Publication Award

On October 23, 2014, Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, became one of 23 inaugural honorees on the Medical School Wall of Scholarship. The Wall of Scholarship highlights the work of current faculty members with a primary appointment in the UMN Medical School who have first or last author credits on a publication that has been cited at least 1000 times by two of three citation indices.


U of M Professors Developing Miniature MRI Machine

Oct 15, 2014 "Maybe every breast center could have it or maybe it would be low enough cost it could be in every shopping center and you could get screened," Garwood said.


Professors Garwood and Vaughan

U research taking brain research deeper and further

Oct 13, 2014 Traditional magnetic resonance imagining, or MRI, machines have their patients drawn into a large, noisy tube.

But now, the MRI process could become as simple as strapping on a helmet, thanks to a new technology partly developed by University of Minnesota scientists.


CMRR awarded first wave of BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies) initiative funding

October 06, 2014 Professors Mike Garwood, Tommy Vaughan and Wei Chen were awarded $2.5M on September 30, 2014 to develop new MRI technology. These advances show great promise to broaden and deepen the application of MRI technology.


CMRR Researchers support University diabetes research

Sept 19, 2014 Gülin Öz, Ph.D., Silvia Mangia, Ph.D., and Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D. are part of a multidisciplinary team to study the impact of diabetes on dementia. Spectroscopy and advanced imaging capabilities allow researchers to manipulate blood glucose levels within the magnet to study how brain metabolism changes in people exposed to recurrent hypoglycemia.


CMRR Technology Advances Treatment of Movement Disorders

Sept 9, 2014 Noam Harel, PhD. is part of a multidisciplinary team harnessing the power of CMRR 7T technology to improve the surgical treatment of patients with movement disorders.


SWIFT MRI helps find cancer needle in a haystack

September 4, 2014 According to Curtis Corum, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology in CMRR, finding small tumors can be like finding needles in a haystack.


Prof. Ugurbil Receives the Richard R. Ernst Medal

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May 20th, 2014 — Prof. Kamil Ugurbil received the prestigous Richard R. Ernst Medal today during the Richard R. Ernst Lecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. This medal is awarded annually to a person who has significantly contributed to strengthening the relationship and understanding between the sciences, society, and politics.

Watch the full ceremony and speech here.


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Multi-Band Accelerated Pulse Sequences

The multi-band accelerated EPI sequences developed at CMRR are available for use at other institutions on compatible Siemens scanners by C2P agreement with CMRR and Siemens. These sequences and the accompanying reconstructions are being actively developed as key components of the Human Connectome Project.

A gallery of example images and dicom files is available.

Download / Read more about multi-band sequences...


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