UAB FUNCTIONAL NEUROIMAGING LABORATORY
The UAB Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) is an interdisciplinary center focusing on the development of the mind-brain through our unique mission of service, education, and research. The CIRC is an internationally recognized leader concentrating on neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan. Until very recently it was technically impossible to explore the function of the mind and disabilities that present with mental dysfunction. As a consequence, it has been impossible to define brain structures affected in diseases such as autism.
Advances in medical imaging technology such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) are now closing this gap, allowing not only high resolution imaging of the structures involved in cognitive function, but also the study of their functionality. The fMRI facility in the Civitan International Research Center began operations April 1, 2007, and is dedicated to research of neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities.
The centerpiece of the UAB Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory is a Siemens 3.0 Tesla Allegra head-only MRI scanner. The short bore of the scanner allows family members or companions to remain with the subject if they are frightened or agitated. Individuals can be scanned without use of anesthesia or sedation. This is facilitated by pre-conditioning of individuals who may need time to become accustomed to the equipment.
David Knight, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology is the Director of the UAB Functional Neuroimaging Lab.
- To serve as a state-of-the-art research laboratory that fosters the advancement of functional magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy technique development for neurosciences, neuro-developmental and cognitive applications, CNS diagnostics, and Glial biology research.
- Provide clinical functional neuroimaging capabilities to a wide array of researchers in translational neurosciences
- To assist with neuroimaging and spectroscopy data analyses and post-processing