AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University and military researchers are studying the structures and activity of the brains of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in an effort to better understand post-traumatic stress disorder and post-concussion syndrome.
The project brings together the Auburn University MRI Research Center, the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory in Ft. Rucker, Ala.
Faculty and graduate students in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Psychology are testing 160 soldiers – those diagnosed with PTSD, those diagnosed with PCS and healthy control soldiers. A percentage of the healthy control soldiers have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, but do not have PTSD or PCS.
AUBURN – Two of the area’s largest employers have teamed up to provide citizens in east Alabama with the latest in magnetic resonance imaging technology. East Alabama Medical Center and Auburn University have partnered to bring a 3-Tesla MRI, the most powerful unit currently cleared for clinical use with humans, to Auburn.
“We have always enjoyed a great relationship with the university, but I feel like this joint venture has taken that connection to a new level,” EAMC president Terry Andrus said. “It’s exciting to know that we can use the MRI during the day to help diagnose the medical needs of our patients and then Auburn can use it at night to work on research that will help improve future medical care.”
AUBURN – Auburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $21 million facility that will house Auburn University’s new Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, Research Center on Thursday, Feb. 4. The facility will be located in the Auburn Research Park on Devall Drive.
The event included remarks by Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, Auburn University President Jay Gogue, Auburn Board of Trustees member Charles McCrary, as well as Jeffrey Bundy, vice president, MRI, for Siemens Healthcare, and Laura Grill, executive vice president and administrator for East Alabama Medical Center.
AUBURN – Auburn University and Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. have announced the signing of a master research agreement for the establishment of the Auburn University Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Research Center. The center, to be constructed in the Auburn University Research Park, brings together Auburn’s expertise in the areas of engineering, science, and pharmaceutics with Siemens’ expertise in magnetic resonance imaging.
The alliance with Siemens, one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry, will advance Auburn University to the forefront of biomedical engineering and has the potential to bring lifesaving technologies to the citizens of Alabama and the region. Examples of current and potential areas of MRI-related research include cognitive neuroscience, metabolic imaging, and pharmaceuticals, as well as research into diabetes and heart disease.