Neurology students and patients in northern Nevada will now have full access to advanced neuroimaging thanks to a partnership between the University of Nevada, Reno and Renown Health.
Through a $10 million grant provided by the National Institutes of Health, the research group, led by Michael Webster, PhD, of the University of Nevada, has purchased equipment that will upgrade the hospital’s current 3T MRI technology with functional MRI capabilities.
As part of the competitive grant, Webster has been charged to establish a Center of Biomedical Research and Excellence and to build out neuroscience research on the Reno campus. By partnering with the hospital system, the University can now conduct fMRI research at a fraction of the cost of what it would have required to build its own MRI research facility.
The additional of fMRI technology has also allowed the University to attract new educational talent, including Lars Strother, the director of the Center’s Neuroimaging Core, and Fang Jiang, a new assistant professor of brain and cognitive science within the University’s psychology department.
The collaboration is just the latest push by the University to build its reputation in the neuroscience field.
“The University has a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in neuroscience — with more than 300 students currently majoring in the degree — and an interdisciplinary PhD program in neuroscience is in development,” Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Carman said in a news release.