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At the official kick-off event are, front from left, Reisa Sperling and Ferenc Jolesz; back from left, Adrian Ivinson, Dennis Selkoe and BWH President Gary Gottlieb.
BWH last month unveiled the new advanced imaging center at 221 Longwood Ave. , an important node in the Biomedical Imaging Core Resource (BICOR). BWH was joined by HMS, the Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair and the Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center in bringing three advanced MR systems online - two 3.0 Tesla magnets and one 1.5T.
“Having these magnets in one clinical setting and in addition to the advances we've made elsewhere on the BWH campus, BICOR is making significant strides in bringing assets to functional and molecular imaging programs to the entire BWH research community,” said Steven Seltzer, MD, chair of BWH Radiology.
The three magnets of differing field strengths empower researchers to conduct a large number of clinical trials, a myriad of testing for new MR imaging methods, and the capacity for research on various diseases, drug treatments and the effectiveness of therapies, said Ferenc Jolesz, MD, director of the Division of MRI and Image Guided Therapy.
BWH President Gary Gottlieb and HMS Dean Joe Martin, whose support and encouragement paved the way for this project, joined Jolesz and Adrian Ivinson, PhD, director of HCNR, in December for the official ribbon cutting of the new facility.