The Neuroimaging Lab within the Schizophrenia Program at Massachusetts General Hospital is housed in the Athinioula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging located in Charlestown, MA.
Imaging technologies are used to conduct research on the neurobiological basis of schizophrenia. The goals of this research are to:
Many of the most important MRI-based methods for studying human brain structure and function were first developed and continue to emerge from the Martinos Center, including:
The schizophrenia neuroimaging investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital have been well-positioned to take advantage of these advanced methods, applying these techniques and their expertise in basic and cognitive neuroscience to answer critical questions about brain structure and function in schizophrenia.
Close collaboration with researchers at the Martinos Center, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) creates a community of internationally-known experts in MRI-based technologies, cognitive neuroscience and psychiatry. This has allowed the Mass General Neuroimaging Lab to contribute important insights about the neural underpinnings of schizophrenia. Recent findings include:
At the Martinos Center, we apply some of the most sophisticated imaging technology currently in use to questions about the changes in the brain in schizophrenia:
Major Areas of Research
The investigators of this lab, who have each received independent funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Alliance for Research on Depression and Schizophrenia (NARSAD) as well as other funding sources, have focused on the study of the neural basis of many of the symptoms, cognitive deficits and functional impairments associated with schizophrenia, including:
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