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Translational Imaging

From the arrival of the first 1.5T magnet and the inception of the Brain Imaging Center in 1988, the McLean Imaging Center has had research as one of its major initiatives to help improve our understanding of neurologic, psychiatric and drug abuse disorders as well as to develop novel treatments. When the program expanded with the addition of the 4T magnet in 2001, the Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory (Director: Scott E. Lukas, PhD) moved to the renovated building to create a multidisciplinary research center. The Sleep Research Laboratory (Director: Scott E. Lukas, PhD) soon followed and with the acquisition of the 3T magnet, the research opportunities continued to grow and the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core (Director: Staci Gruber, PhD) was formed to support the major infrastructure of the research program. The acquisition of the small bore preclinical 9.4T magnet solidified the role of the Translational Imaging Laboratory (Director: Marc Kaufman, PhD). In April 2016, a whole-body 3 Tesla Siemens Prisma high-field clinical scanner (Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Malvern, PA) was installed, which substantially extended our research and clinical diagnostics capabilities. Over the past decade, several laboratories have been successfully launched, which have greatly expanded the scope and breadth of research within the McLean Imaging Center and beyond, including:

  • Applied Neuroimaging Statistics Laboratory (Director: Dr. Lisa Nickerson, PhD)
  • Brain Imaging Nanotechnology Group (Director: Gordana D. Vitaliano, MD, PhD)
  • Functional Integration of Addiction Research Lab (Director: Amy Janes, PhD)
  • Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience (Director: Diego A. Pizzagalli, PhD)
  • Behavioral Neuroimaging Laboratory (Director: Stephen Kohut, PhD)
  • Laboratory for Functional Neuroimaging and Bioinformatics (Director: Justin Baker, MD, PhD)
  • Laboratory for High-Field Imaging and Translational Neuroscience (Director: Fei Du, PhD)
  • Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) Program (Director: Staci Gruber, PhD).
  • Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health (Director: Marisa Silveri, PhD)
  • Opto-Magnetic Laboratory (Director: Blaise Frederick, PhD)

The Center also supports a Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, a Low Frequency Magnetic Stimulation Program, and a high-computing cluster and IT infrastructure.

Support for research initiatives is provided by a wide range of federal, state and private entities and include major grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, national and local foundations, industry sponsored grants and private contracts. Many of the studies are registered as a clinical trial at and offer individuals the opportunity to participate in research.