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The McCausland Center for Brain Imaging (McCausland Center) is a Center of Economic Excellence within the Health Sciences South Carolina collaborative. With its Siemens 3 Tesla Prisma Fit Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems the McCausland Center is able to reveal the healthy brain’s role in language, memory, emotion and deception. Our scanner provides a powerful tool for diagnosis, prognosis and rehabilitation following brain injury. Beyond the center itself, we are closely connected with a network of facilities that allow us to leverage the synergistic strengths of several state-of-the-art tools.

Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-Star)

University of South Carolina professor Julius Fridriksson was awarded an $11.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), which researches stroke recovery and works to improve the lives and communication skills of patients after they suffer strokes.

Aging Brain Cohort (ABC) Study 

University of South Carolina professor Julius Fridriksson was awarded an $5 million grant from the University of South Carolina to conduct a 5-year study to examine the relationship between healthy aging and a variety of factors including genetics, brain structure/function and lifestyle in a representative sample of South Carolinians ages 20-80 (Click here for more details or to enroll).

The Institute for Mind & Brain (IMB)

The University of South Carolina’s Institute for Mind & Brain is a physical home for several cognitive neuroscientists and a hub for many others. In addition to offices and conference rooms, the Institute houses state-of-the-art tools for electrophysiological recordings and eye tracking.

High-density Electrophysiological Recordings

Located in the IMB (a short drive from the McCausland Center) are three high-density electrophysiological labs. This equipment measures event related potentials from the scalp. The latest portable system also allows recording simultaneously with MRI scans, allowing us to combine the fast sampling rate of ERPs with the spatial abilities of MRI. Users include Amit Almor, Suzanne Adlof, Melanie Palomares, John Richards and Jennifer Vendemia.

Center for Advanced Brain Imaging

Located by the sea in Charleston, the CAIR also has a 3T Siemens Prisma Fit MRI system. Experts like Joe Helpern have developed new imaging techniques such as diffusion kurtosis imaging, a promising technique for detecting brain abnormalities and changes that we are aggressively testing at the McCausland Center.

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