Brain Imaging

The Brain Imaging Core Technology Platform performs cutting-edge, non-invasive examination of the brain’s structural features and functional activation, and its relation to human behavior, language, and working memory, which is observed via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. This CTP is staffed with an imaging physicist and a certified MRI technologist, and is equipped with a state-of-the-art 3T Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma MRI scanner. The latest pulse sequences such as simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) for BOLD and diffusion sequences provide unparalleled capability of acquiring high spatial and temporal resolution images with adequate signal-to-noise ratio in shorter scan times. Several RF coils are available with the Prisma such as 20, 32, and 64 Channels head “TIM” RF receiver in addition to the RF body coils.

In addition, this CTP is equipped with a magnetoencephalography (MEG) lab which houses a cutting edge, non-invasive imaging technology that allows researchers to investigate how the brain gives rise to various aspects of cognition.

Among many research groups, researchers at the neuroscience of language lab explore how the ability to use natural language is implemented in the brain. With collaborations both in the UAE and abroad, researchers seek to answer questions about how the brain mediates the most critical aspects of our communication system, and which properties of the brain facilitate the seemingly effortless processing of language, ranging from the analysis of speech sounds, to the construction of meaning.