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.
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.
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.
University of Minnesota tackles Friedreich’s ataxia, a progressive neurological condition
July 16, 2014
The University of Minnesota is pushing research efforts forward against the progressive neurological condition, Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) after receiving $150,000 in new funding from the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), GoFAR, and Ataxia U.K.
April 21st, 2014 — On May 20, 2014, Dr. Ugurbil will receive the Richard R. Ernst Medal 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. Former Medal recipients include Kofi Annan, Sir Roger Penrose, Dr. Ahmed Zewail and Dr. Ernst Ludwig Winnacker.
Dec 31, 2013
Academic Health Center's time-lapse video of the 10.5T delivery, with comments by CMRR Director Dr. Kamil Ugurbil.
New 10.5T Magnet Delivered
December 7-8, 2013
The new 10.5T magnet was delivered to the CMRR this weekend. It was shipped to Duluth via the Great Lakes, then loaded onto a two-truck trailer. The magnet arrived Friday evening, and was unloaded and moved inside the CMRR on Saturday. The 110-ton instrument contains 720 miles of winding and weighs as much as a railroad locomotive and more than twice as much as a Boeing 737 airliner.
November 12, 2013
Read the Minnesota Daily student-produced newspaper article on the event from the November 12, 2013 edition.
CMRR High-Field Workshop 2013
The CMRR held their 9th biennial workshop on October 11-13, 2013. Focused on emerging scientific advances in magnetic resonance imaging, the workshop attracted over 120 participants from across the globe. A two-day hands-on training experience preceded the workshop and was focused on providing detailing training on spectroscopy, functional MRI and connectivity. Included in this training were advanced techniques such as Multiband, DWI, BOLD, Diffusion and GLM.
Oct 2, 2013
Thanks to funding from the Schott Family Foundation, Klearchos Papas, Ph.D.
and Michael Garwood, Ph.D. are working to miniaturize a new oxygen
preservation technology for use in islet implantation for an artificial
On August 29-30, 2013, the CMRR hosted the NIH BRAIN Working Group, the
highlight of which was four hours of presentations from top scientists from
across the globe. CMRR Director,
is a member of the Working Group.
Prominent Friedreich's ataxia spokesperson and advocate participated in
University of Minnesota study
On July 23, 2013,
the University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR)
hosted prominent Friedreich's ataxia
spokesperson and patient, Kyle Bryant.
The study is being conducted by co-principal investigators Isabelle Iltis, Ph.D. and Christophe Lenglet, Ph.D.
Aug 23, 2013
and Curt Corum,
in conjunction with Don Nixdorf,
School of Dentistry, have made exciting advances in developing dental MRI
with the hope of someday replacing current x-ray imaging techniques. Their
latest research was published in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (July 30,
Research Snapshot: U of M study finds NAC boosts brain and blood glutathione in patients with Parkinson’s and Gaucher’s diseases
Aug 5, 2013
University researchers Paul Tuite, M.D. and James Cloyd, Pharm.D., working with CMRR's
Gulin Oz, Ph.D.
Melissa Terpstra, Ph.D.,
have shown that changes in the level of glutathione (GSH) in the brain in response to the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC) infusion can be measured with MR spectroscopy.
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.