BOG 2015: Visualizing the Human Brain
In a milestone for brain science research in Israel, Tel Aviv University inaugurated the new Human 3T MRI Scanner at the Alfredo Federico Strauss Center for Computational Neuro-Imaging, as well as the renovated facility accommodating the huge device. The machine adds to the Center’s existing MRI for non-invasive scanning of animal brains, making Tel Aviv University one of the most comprehensive hubs for neuroimaging and brain science in Israel.
The much-anticipated human MRI is enabling diverse research groups across the campus to study the anatomical, cognitive and behavioral functioning of the brain as well as to advance understanding of debilitating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and others.
From neuro-economists examining the brain’s effect on decision-making to researchers in education diagnosing and treating Attention Deficit Disorder “the Center is now the brain that is providing connectivity to other faculties across the campus,” said Dean of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences Daniel Chamovitz.
The incoming Director of the Center, Prof. Galit Yovel of the Sagol School of Neuroscience and School of Psychological Sciences, said that the new MRI will bring together over 15 research groups from at least 4 different faculties to conduct interdisciplinary research on various brain systems such as memory, emotion, vision and consciousness, among others. She paid tribute to the Strauss Center’s founding director, Prof. Yaniv Assaf, who was the driving force behind the initiative to bring the sophisticated machine to the campus.
Mr. Guillermo Strauss (pictured right), TAU Governor and Vice President of the Argentinean Friends, said, “I can think of no better dedication to my father’s memory than this outstanding center for neuroimaging,” he said. “The work of this first rate interdisciplinary team raises our expectations for continued excellent research placing Tel Aviv University at the forefront of this promising field.”
Also attending was Vice President of Research and Development Yoav Henis; President of the Argentinean Friends Polly de Mizrahi de Deutsch; and members of the Argentinean Friends.