The centerpiece of the center — dubbed FIBRE, or Facility for Imaging & Brain Research — is a $3-million Siemens Prisma 3T magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machine noted for its technology that collects higher-quality images in a shorter time. It came to UCI with help from Siemens and the National Institutes of Health.
Craig Stark, FIBRE’s designer and director and a professor of neurobiology and behavior, said the research facility will be studying a variety of brain-related topics, including cognition, aging,
UCI's advanced Siemens MRI machine "is the tool we have that can allow us to look into the human brain non-invasively."
FIBRE, which is on the ground floor of UCI's Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway building, also has a data processing room and a mock scanner room where MRI participants can use a nonfunctional MRI-like machine that preps them for the real thing.
It also features a reception area with color-changing images of brain neurons on the walls.
The grand opening is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 2.