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Department of Advanced Neuroimaging

 Our department is promoting integrated neuroimaging research with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the core, molecular neuroimaging by fully using molecular design and radiolabeling technology and positron-emission-tomography method (PET) for animals, and neural information engineering research represented by brain-machine interface (BMI) and neuro-feedback.

 The brain receives external information from the environment, judges the worth of information based on the innate or acquired standard (bias), and determines individual action.

 Many nerve cells are concerned with this process as a group. Signal transductions are electrically and chemically performed intra-neuronally and inter-neuronally respectively. Dynamic alteration of electrical and chemical networks for signal transduction weaved by many nerve cell groups is considered to be the basis of the complicated nervous function ("heart") from consciousness or movement to cognition, consciousness, or decision-making. And there may be perturbations of structural or functional conditions of electrical and chemical signal transduction in the background of neuropsychiatric and developmental disorders. Our department is aiming at integrative imaging of normal and abnormal structural or functional conditions of electrical and chemical signal transduction and the development of new neural information engineering which performs suitable intervention based on the extracted information.

Director; Takashi Hanakawa M.D., Ph.D.