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The new small-animal scanner for our Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging is lifted into place at the Biomedical Services Building

Rodent scanner

The installation of this new small bore 7T MRI scanner heralds exciting new opportunities to image and discover more about the brain across species.

The ability to record comparable signals and study comparable behaviours across species allows us to address causal and mechanistic questions in animal models and translate these findings directly to humans.

We aim to discover cross-species homologies in brain anatomy, functional specialisation and computation. Outputs will include cross-species brain atlases as well as a shared repository of cross-species behavioural paradigms.

This will not only provide fundamental new scientific knowledge but will also enable mechanistic questions that are addressed in rodent and macaque models, to be seamlessly translated to human and clinical populations.