Message from the Director
Andrew J. Saykin, Psy.D.
Raymond C. Beeler Professor of Radiology
Director, IU Center for Neuroimaging
Director, Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center
Welcome to the Web site for the Indiana University Center for Neuroimaging (CfN). We are located in the Neuroscience Center in downtown Indianapolis.
Structural, functional and molecular neuroimaging research has experienced tremendous growth over the past two decades and is poised to make further contributions to advancing our understanding of the brain in health and illness. Technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) permit unprecedented ability for in vivo examination of the structural, functional, neurochemical, metabolic and cellular/molecular properties of the brain in humans and in animal models. Imaging methods can be combined with genomics and other advanced biomarker approaches to enhance our understanding of brain mechanisms, disease processes and treatment response from a systems biology framework. You will find a further discussion of progress and prospects for integrative neuroimaging research in a brief editorial in Volume 1, Issue 1 of Brain Imaging and Behavior.
Significant resources are required in order for these important technologies come to fruition in the form of new discoveries that can drive early detection and treatment of brain disorders. Building on the existing strengths at IU in both the neurosciences and biomedical imaging sciences, the CfN was established in November 2006 as a Center of Excellence to bring together critical resources needed to facilitate growth in clinical and translational brain imaging research. The scientific programs and affiliated faculty are highly transdisciplinary and major growth is expected in many evolving areas of application. We welcome collaborative scientific, training and clinical endeavors from within the School of Medicine and University as well as from the regional and international communities. We look forward to hearing from you!