The Center for Advanced Human Brain Imaging Research (CAHBIR):
Advances in imaging technology now allow neuroscientists to non-invasively study structure, function and dynamical properties of the human brain. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods neuroscientists are beginning to understand how brain structure and function are altered in disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, addiction, anxiety and depression, brain injury, neurodegeneration etc. This new knowledge is also leading to the development of imaging biomarkers for not only diagnosis but also to determine efficacy and follow the progress of treatments of various neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Rutgers neuroscientists have the expertise and also access to a diverse patient population; however, their research programs are being held back by the lack of a human brain imaging center on the Piscataway and New Brunswick campuses. To fill this critical infrastructure gap, BHI is developing a new brain imaging center (CAHBIR). The center, located in the Staged Research Building on the Busch campus in Piscataway, will house a state of the art 3-Tesla (3T) MRI that will be dedicated for research purpose. This core facility will be available for use to neuroscientists from across Rutgers and neighboring institutions.
Dr. David H. Zald has been appointed as director of the new CAHBIR at the Rutgers Brain Health Institute. Dr. Zald will be a tenured professor and hold a Henry Rutgers Term Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Currently, he is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology and director of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program for Undergraduates at Vanderbilt University. He has published more than 150 papers and which have been cited more than 18,000 times with an H-index of 66. Dr. Zald will join Rutgers in May 2020. His responsibilities will include organizing the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain imaging core facility to support research of faculty and trainees at Rutgers, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, the Brain Health Institute and the Center for Computational Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. The new research Center, which will open in fall 2020, will house a research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner, which measures changes in blood flow, oxygen consumption and glucose use to non-invasively measure structure and activity of the human brain.
BHI is actively seeking support from private donors and foundations to help fund this new imaging center. The CAHBIR will complement the existing brain imaging center at RU-Newark (RUBIC) and will help open new frontiers in translational neuroscience at Rutgers.