From the Director Summer 2013 Issue 28

From the Director

Robert Desimone, Director of the McGovern Institute. Photo: Kent Dayton
Robert Desimone, Director of the McGovern Institute. Photo: Kent Dayton

When Pat and Lore McGovern founded the McGovern Institute, their vision was one of open collaboration, taking advantage of the incomparable range of technological expertise and opportunities that exist within and around MIT. One way that we have been building on that vision is through the McGovern Institute Neurotechnology (MINT) program, which is featured in this issue. The goal of the program is to support the development of new technologies for neuroscience research, and over the past 7 years, we have launched a wide range of innovative projects, in areas from nanotechnology to computer science to genomics. As I read these MINT project proposals, I am constantly amazed at the inventiveness of my MIT colleagues, and grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented people.

Continuing on the theme of technology, I’m pleased to say that we are almost finished installing a new MRI scanner at our Martinos Imaging Center. The engineers are now fine-tuning the scanner’s magnetic fields, and we expect to be up and running within a few weeks – effectively doubling our capacity for brain imaging and opening the door to a host of new studies on human brain function.

Bob Desimone, Director
Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience

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