These scanners are making possible:
▪ Better diagnoses:
The scanners will identify biological markers of various mental disorders in the patients’ brains. Currently, all diagnoses – including those of major depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia – are based on the observation of patients and self-reports
▪ Better prognoses:
New brain-imaging measures will enable researchers to make better predictions of the evolution of the patient’s disorder, thus leading to better-adapted treatments
▪ Longitudinal studies:
On-site scanners will make it possible to monitor the progress of more patients over longer time periods
▪ The development of animal models for various mental disorders:
Researchers will be able to monitor animal brains over time and see how they are affected by such conditions as stress and substance abuse.
▪ Research at the Brain Imaging Centre:
Researchers use several brain imaging methods, including MRI scanners, to non-invasively understand the brain structure and functions that are altered by mental illnesses.
The BIC offers researchers:
A platform to analyse brain imaging data from functional and structural neuroimaging techniques. The BIC also contains:
▪ research units dedicated to optogenetics and electrophysiology in small animals
▪ research units dedicated to clinical trials, TMS and EEG in humans.
The research scientists primarily study:
▪ The pathophysiology of several psychiatric diseases including schizophrenia, depression, post traumatic stress disorder and ADHD
▪ The cognitive functions in healthy subjects, such as emotional processing, spatial navigation, memory, and stress response.