At the heart of that promise is the MRI suite, boasting the most advanced 3-Tesla scanner in the South West. The scanner, which was lowered into the facility by crane in October, will be used to explore a variety of topics including how the human brain encodes socially relevant information to guide our decisions, and how the two cerebral hemispheres of the brain work together.
In addition to its research potential, BRIC will welcome its first postgraduate students in human neuroscience for teaching sessions in the new academic year. For the DDRC, BRIC will enable its team to advance their studies of the relationship between oxygen and the brain, which are at the forefront of hyperbaric medicine. And for the UHPNT, the MRI scanner will not only facilitate increased collaborative research projects, but will be available for patients’ use.
“This a milestone development for the University, the city, and the region – the creation of the most advanced multi-modal neuroimaging facility in the South West,” adds Stephen. “And it’s one that brings us closer to our city partners and our communities.” “All three of these projects – BRIC, Intercity Place and the new Babbage Building – have sustainability at their heart,” finishes Tim Brooksbank. “By taking existing buildings and reworking them, we are making a significant saving on their carbon footprint, and that is something to be celebrated.”