ALBMC Research Programs

The World's Foremost Brain Mapping Laboratories & Groups 

 

THE NARR GROUP
Dr. Katherine Narr's group at the UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center uses structural magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and MR spectroscopy to investigate the neurological basis of schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric illnesses. The group is particularly interested in investigating endophenotypes for schizophrenia and the transmission of vulnerability factors for the disease.

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LOFT LABORATORY
LOFT focuses on the development of novel, noninvasive, economical and quantitative fMRI technologies for assessing the function, physiology and metabolism of the brain. Through close collaboration with clinicians and neuroscientists, LOFT actively translates these novel fMRI technologies into applications in clinical and cognitive neuroscience.

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IACOBONI LAB
The Iacoboni Lab investigates human brain functions in health and disease using non invasive techniques. The Iacoboni Lab uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to image brain structure and functions. The lab also stimulates the brain painlessly and modulates its activity with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).

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SHATTUCK GROUP
Dr. David Shattuck's research group at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center is focused on the development of novel algorithms for processing magnetic resonance imaging data and the application of these algorithms to the study of the human brain.

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DEPRESSION TREATMENT
Our research investigators are working to identify biomarkers of treatment response in major depression. The goal of our research is to identify changes in the brain as well as in gene expression and immune response and inflammation that will help us understand why and how some people respond to treatment for depression while others do not.

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EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY
The Brain Mapping Center was the first institution in the world to amass the most advanced brain imaging equipment in a central location, situated in the midst of UCLA’s Neuroscience hub, School of Medicine and UCLA Medical Center.

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