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The Queen opens unique brain research imaging centre

Today (7 June 2016) Her Majesty The Queen opens a £44m Brain Research Imaging Centre in Cardiff University.

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) is a new centre that houses a combination of brain imaging equipment that is unique in Europe.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will tour the Centre, which houses a combination of neuroimaging equipment unique in Europe and view Europe’s most powerful brain scanner, the Siemens 3 Tesla Connectom MRI system. The scanner is a specially adapted MRI scanner of which there is only one other in the world at Harvard University in the USA.

The MRI scanner enables researchers to study tissue microstructure in incredibly fine detail. The scanner’s power is such that it has been described as the Hubble space telescope of neuroscience.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said

“The research here has the potential to unlock some of the secrets of the brain and significantly contribute towards treatments for neurological and psychiatric conditions.”

CUBRIC continues to further its world-leading research which has already established Cardiff University as one of the UK’s top three Universities for Neuroimaging, Psychology and Psychiatry.

For more information about CUBRIC visit the university’s website

Cardiff University – a leader in research

 Cardiff University is working on numerous projects including working with NASA to explore space and advancing the fight against Alzheimer's. Cardiff University is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities and is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked the University 5th in the UK for research excellence. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University Chancellor Professor Sir Martin Evans. 



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