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Colourful head MRI scans © © Klaus Ebmeier

We aim to improve understanding of how the brain works in health and disease by using the latest neuroimaging techniques to study function and structure of the living brain. Our research advances healthcare by identifying target neural mechanisms for successful treatments or by detecting the factors that increase or decrease the risk of developing mental illness. The techniques we use are non-invasive and image the brain painlessly from outside the head.

We can measure brain activity in the millisecond time scale using either magnetoencephalography (MEG) or electroencephalography (EEG). These methods record the magnetic fields or electrical currents that result from communication between groups of brain cells. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) we are able to measure brain structure, activity, and chemical composition. With positron emission tomography (PET) we investigate the action of drugs in the brains of patients and other volunteers.

Our research groups are currently running studies into many disorders including: autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, gambling problems, as well as investigating many aspects of healthy brain function, including memory and face processing.

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