Grand Opening for 7 T MRI Laboratory, 18-19 January 2008
The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig is delighted to announce the Opening of the new Seven Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging Laboratory.
This state-of-the-art 7 T Siemens scanner will enable unprecedented detail to be obtained regarding structure and function in living human brain. Anatomical scanning, one of the central themes of the new Department of Neurophysics, headed by the British scholar and pioneer of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Professor Robert Turner, will be possible at the previously unavailable spatial resolution of 0.4 mm, allowing MPI researchers to traces brain changes over time – such as those during music training – much more precisely. The mapping of connections between neurons in different brain regions will also be greatly improved, enabling different areas that often work together to be more accurately defined.
The Opening Event will be held at the Institute on 18 January 2008, starting at 17.30 hrs. The Vice-President of the Max-Planck-Society, Professor Jürgen Baumert, will perform the opening ceremony. The Mayor of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung, and Saxony's State Minister for Science and Fine Arts, Dr Eva-Maria Stange, will deliver Opening Addresses together with Directors of the Institute.
The celebration will continue on 19 January with an Opening Symposium hosting internationally acclaimed speakers and more than 100 researchers in the domain, to be held at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig.