The University of Nebraska Medical has taken a big step forward in the area of brain research.
Associate professor of neurology Dr. Tony Wilson with UNMC says the university recently installed one of the world’s most powerful MRI scanners and its capabilities will go a long away to combat brain disorders; both known and unknown.
“We know so (much) less about the brain compared to the heart and other organs,” says Wilson.
However, Wilson says the $4,000,000, 14-ton scanner will speed up discovery of how diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis affect the brain and behavior.
That comes as welcome news to resident Allan Schur of Omaha, whose wife has been battling Alzheimer’s for 14 years.
“It’s a fantastic way to determining the progress of disease,” says Schur. “Until you find a cause, you’re not going to find a cure.”
As an added benefit, the scanner will help UNMC to better compete with other institutions for large federal grants dedicated to brain disease research.
Photo Courtesy of the University of Nebraska Medical Center