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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 moved to the renovated building to create a multidisciplinary research center. The Sleep Research Laboratory soon followed and with the acquisition of the 3T magnet, the research opportunities continued to grow and the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core 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. Two of the newest laboratories, the Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health and the Opto-Magnetic Laboratory support additional innovative research opportunities. The Center also supports a Biomedical Engineering Laboratory and a Low Frequency Magnetic Stimulation Program.

Support for research initiatives is provided by a wide range of federal, state and private entities and include major grants from the National Institutes on 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.