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Powerful new 3T MRI comes to the MBI

The Siemens 3T MRI/S is a state-of-the-art $3 million scanner that has the strongest gradients available for human imaging, advanced motion correction capabilities and increased scanning flexibility. The new 3T will support a rapidly increasing number of federally funded UF investigators who are studying Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, aging…

2016 MBI Fellowship awardees announced

The MBI Fellowships were established to support students and fellows conducting neuroscience and brain-related research in MBI-affiliated labs. This year’s awardees: Sarah A. Johnson, postdoctoral associate in the department of neuroscience $60,000 over two years Mentor: Sara Burke, Ph.D. Project: Among the symptoms of age-related cognitive decline is a decreased…

Ken Marx named new MBI director of operations

The MBI welcomes Ken Marx as its new director of operations. Marx, who previously served as chief administrator for UF’s department of emergency medicine for 15 years, succeeds Kelly Sharp, who is now executive director of administration and finance at the UF College of Pharmacy. Marx started his career as…

New console for the 11.1 tesla

In August at the MagLab, engineers installed a new “control center” for one of our magnet systems that will result in faster experimental set-up times, more sensitive readings and detailed information for functional MRI experiments — all contributing to a wide range of neuroscience applications, such as pharmacological MRI. The beneficiary…

Biomarker breakthrough could improve Parkinson’s treatment

A new, non-invasive way to track the progression of Parkinson’s disease could help evaluate experimental treatments to slow or stop the disease’s progression. University of Florida researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging to reveal areas where Parkinson’s disease and related conditions cause progressive decline in brain activity. The study, funded…

Even presidential candidates need sleep

Sleep is essential for good executive functioning and good general health. So how do candidates keep up the grueling demands of their schedules? Michael S. Jaffee, M.D., vice chair of UF’s department of neurology, weighs in with this piece, published in The Conversation. The demands of being a presidential candidate…

UF Health Neuromedicine ranked 21st nationally

UF Health Neuromedicine climbed 19 spots from last year to 21st in the country, according to the 2016-2017 U.S. News & World Report adult specialty rankings of the nation’s hospitals. The rankings, announced Aug. 2, placed UF Health Neuromedicine as the highest-ranked neuromedicine program in the state and among…

Unlocking brain aneurysm

Brian Hoh, M.D., associate chair of neurosurgery and chief of the division of cerebrovascular surgery, discusses his research on the biologic mechanisms of brain aneurysm formation and rupture.

Advocacy in dysphagia management: A neurologist’s perspective

Physicians play a critical role in dysphagia management, even though swallowing may not have been included in their medical training. This installment of the podcast Down the Hatch, hosted by UF speech pathologists Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, and Alicia Vose, M.A.,CCC-SLP, features a conversation with Dr. Michael Okun, chair of the UF Department of…

National MagLab hosts coil-building workshop at MBI

The National MagLab site at the McKnight Brain Institute hosted five scientists from across North America in June to teach the theory and practice of radio frequency (RF) coils. RF coils are used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to transmit and receive RF signals. The MagLab’s…