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Functional MRI Core (fMRI)
The functional MRI Facility (fMRIF) is a core resource serving the intramural research program. It was initiated in March of 1999 primarily by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Its function is to serve as a resource by which all NIH institutes can perform functional MRI (fMRI) studies to further the understanding of healthy and diseased brain function and physiology.

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Core (MRS)
The magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) core is a facility that focuses on development and technical support of in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques with the aim to facilitate the clinical and basic research using in vivo MRS.

Magnetoencephalography Core (MEG)
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is a non-invasive procedure similar to electroencephalography (EEG) in terms of basic principles and analysis, however, MEG consists of sitting in a chair or lying on a bed while your head is inside a helmet shaped device which contains magnetic field sensors.

Microarray Core
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) have entered into a collaborative effort with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to establish a Microarray Core Facility for Intramural investigators.

Neurophysiology Imaging Facility
The Neurophysiology Imaging Facility´┐Żs 4.7 Tesla Vertical magnet is one of a handful of scanners in the world dedicated to functional imaging in the alert primate brain. The facility was made possible by joint contributions from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Eye Institute (NEI), and the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

Non-Human Primate Core (NHP)
The mission of the NIMH IRP Neurobiology Non-Human Primate Core is to develop and provide support for assessment of non-human primate models to assist NIMH IRP research objectives, particularly those related to causes and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Scientific and Statistical Computing Core
The mission of the NIMH IRP Neurobiology Non-Human Primate Core is to develop and provide support for assessment of non-human primate models to assist NIMH IRP research objectives, particularly those related to causes and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Transgenic Core
The NIMH transgenic core facility produces genetically manipulated mice for neuroscience investigators at the NIH. Transgenic mice can be produced by inserting DNA into mouse oocyte nuclei, or targeting integration to specific loci in embryonic stem (ES) cells. Also, mouse lines can be archived by cryopreservation or rederived by embryo transfer. A collection of ES lines and transgenic vectors are available.

Veterinary Medicine Resources
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Core Facilities Section
Functional MRI Core
Magnetic Resonance Core
Magnetoencephalography Core
Microarray Core
Neurophysiology Imaging Facility
Non-Human Primate Core
Scientific and Statistical Computing Core
Transgenic Core
Veterinary Medicine Resources (Staff only)

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This page was last updated January 12, 2009.


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