Brain Imaging Core (BIC)
The primary goals of the Brain Imaging Core (BIC) are to expand and improve imaging and analytic data analyses methods to increase the success of the Phase II projects, generate new pilot projects and establish collaborations with researchers from University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) and other Institutional Development Award (IDeA) state communities with interests in neuroimaging. A successful interaction of BIC with the other cores (Data Management and Statistic Core [DMSC], Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Core [CTNC]) and Phase II Junior Investigators (JIs) will encourage advancement of independent research careers, build neuroscience infrastructure in Nevada, and advance understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). Expert imaging and analytic capabilities are essential for supporting research and training and will provide a foundation for transition of the BIC to a self-sustaining core. The BIC will provide support for JIs in neuroimaging research and characterize patients and cognitively normal controls using imaging and analytic data analyses. Furthermore, the BIC will develop tutorials and software on imaging and data analysis methods and advance novel methods to better characterize patients with neurodegenerative disorders resulting in improved assessment, classification and prediction accuracies. Imaging and data analysis approaches will be strengthened for all COBRE projects and availability of analytical methods and training will provide significant support to JIs and other researchers throughout the COBRE system. Robust interactions between the brain imaging group that will comprise the BIC and collaborators in Phase I supports the creation of this new core in the CNTN.