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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU to Host Brain Imaging Center Dedication

October 29th, 2009

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

WHAT: The University of Missouri Department of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science will host the dedication of the MU Brain Imaging Center, a large scale, state-of-the-art neuroimaging research facility.

MRI technology in the MU Brain Imaging Center enables researchers to collect behavioral data by producing pictures of the entire body, including the brain. The technology also can capture certain functions, such as brain activity during a mental task and body metabolism.

MU is one of the few academic institutions to have this technology available on campus and accessible to all departments and local industries. MU researchers will use the center to conduct behavioral studies on diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, autism and schizophrenia.

WHO: Speakers at the dedication include:

  • Brady Deaton, MU chancellor
  • Michael O’Brien, dean of the College of Arts and Science
  • Ann Bettencourt, professor and chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Nelson Cowan, professor of psychological sciences and director of the Brain Imaging Center Director

WHERE: Melvin H. Marx Building, 1416 Carrie Francke Dr. The Marx building is located on Carrie Francke Drive, west of South Providence Road.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 29.

There will be a light reception with refreshments starting at 9 a.m.

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public. Tours of the center will follow the ribbon-cutting.