Technology



Progress in understanding the brain is driven by the development of new technologies. Powerful methods - including whole-brain imaging, 2-photon microscopy, multielectrode arrays and optogenetics – have transformed neuroscience research over the past decade, and have given us unprecedented power to observe and manipulate the nervous system.

At the McGovern Institute we are working to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by this technological revolution. Our core facilities provide the MIT neuroscience community with state of the art tools, and our researchers continue to push the frontiers through continued technological innovation. Much of this work is done in collaboration with researchers from other disciplines, and we are fortunate to have access to MIT’s unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise in areas ranging from engineering to chemistry to materials science and computer science.

We are committed to taking full advantage of these opportunities, collaborating with researchers from multiple departments at MIT and beyond. Through these collaborations, and through our relationships with many local hospitals and companies, we are well placed to have an impact on the world beyond academia, ensuring that ideas generated in our laboratories can find their way to the clinic and the marketplace.

Resources

  • The Martinos Imaging Center at MIT provides access to state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities for the local research community. Its resources includes two 3T MRI scanner for human studies; a 9.4T narrow-bore MRI scanner for small animal studies; a magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanner; a soundproof Faraday cage for EEG studies; and a mock MRI scanner to acclimatize volunteer subjects (especially children) to the scanning environment.
  • The McGovern Institute Neurotechnology (MINT) program provides seed funding for collaborative projects targeted toward the development of new technologies for brain research.
  • The viral gene transfer core provides the MIT neuroscience community with access to the most advanced viral vectors for gene transfer in the nervous system, including packaging service, many viral stocks, and consultation on all aspects of viral vector technology.
  • The 2-photon microscopy core features a powerful and versatile system with four lasers and two separate workstations for imaging neurons in slices or in vivo.
  • The MIT department of Biology maintains a list of other core facilities that are accessible to the MIT life sciences community.

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