The Neuroscience Neuroimaging Center (NNC P30 NS45839)
is an NIH/NINDS-funded P30 Center Core project which provides support
for technical aspects of neuroimaging using MRI, including experimental
design, data acquisition, and image analysis, and would interface with
several other complementary programs in brain, behavior, and imaging.
The NNC allows NINDS investigators and other neuroscientists, both with
and without specific funding and expertise in neuroimaging, to easily
carry out state-of-the-art experiments based on their hypotheses of interest.
This will facilitate the usage of neuroimaging in neuroscience research,
and improve the quality and sophistication of neuroimaging experiments.
The NNC benefits from an extraordinarily rich neuroimaging Neuroscience
research environment at the University of Pennsylvania, and provides
support and consolidation of technical skills and expertise in neuroimaging
through the following Core modules:
An Administrative Core provides oversight for the NNC, administrative
support for NNC resources, regulatory support for NNC users, and is
guided by a Steering Committee comprised of Core Directors, consortium
representatives, user representative, and Neurology and Radiology
An Acquisition Core provides technical support for magnetic resonance
and optical imaging protocol development and implementation, imaging
quality assurance, and for implementing approaches for ancillary methods
such as EEG/ERP, TMS, physiological monitoring and gating,
neuropsychological task design, and behavioral response monitoring.
The Data Analysis Core integrates Penn ’s world-class research and
development programs in neuroimaging data analysis to provide
consultation and customization for experimental and statistical design,
image processing and analysis, and data visualization and interpretation
to support structural morphometry, diffusion tensor tractography,
localized and global brain segmentation, image visualization,
statistical modeling, and genomic analyses.
A Computing (Informatics) Core maintains a state-of-the-art data
processing facility with distributed computing, data storage and
archiving, integration of neuroimaging data analysis environments, and
provides system administration support. These services include
maintenance of a 380-core computer cluster running the Oracle (formerly
Sun Grid) Engine and a suite of neuroimaging analysis software.