The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior as an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The center, which the board approved unanimously, is a key component of an emerging collaboration between athletics and research at UNL. Known as CB3, it will be located later this year in half of a 50,000-square-foot research area in the East Stadium addition to Memorial Stadium.
CB3 will house a radiology unit and a state-of-the-art functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) magnet, which will enable faculty and students from a wide spectrum of disciplines to conduct research related to behavior and performance, including the study of concussions.
“CB3 builds on our strengths in concussion research and its strong multidisciplinary emphasis will position UNL as a leader in research on the brain, biology and behavior,” said Prem S. Paul, UNL vice chancellor for research and economic development. “This center is at the heart of a unique partnership between our prestigious academic and athletic programs.
Research includes areas ranging from the heritability of social attitudes to the neurological basis of human decision-making to the study and remediation of brain concussion in athletes.
The center will occupy space in the south half of the East Stadium addition, while the north half will be dedicated to the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab (NAPL). The research facility also will provide shared space, including 48 laboratories and a common area large enough to accommodate 40 to 50 people.
“The Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior will help to position the University of Nebraska and its athletics program as a national leader in this area of research,” said Shawn Eichorst, director of intercollegiate athletics. “We are grateful to Coach Tom Osborne for his foresight to collaborate with academics in this exciting endeavor.” Osborne was Eichorst’s predecessor and retired on Jan. 1.