UAB Opens Civitan International Neuroimaging Laboratory

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On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the UAB Civitan International Research Center unveiled their latest laboratory to advance research into developmental disabilities and other neurological disorders.

The new Civitan International Neuroimaging Laboratory is located at UAB Highlands Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. The laboratory features a new, state-of-the-art full-body magnetic resonance imaging scanner. It is part of the Civitan International Research Center, a major charitable outlet of Civitan International.

Investment in the lab includes $3 million for the 3T MRI, the fastest scanner for human use, along with $1 million for renovation of the space. The lab has 5,000 square feet of space to support advanced MRI research and clinical MRI imaging.

The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on RibbonCuttingThursday, March 3, at the lab on the first floor of UAB Highlands. The ceremony included speeches by Center Director Dr. David Sweatt and Civitan International President Debbie Juhlke. It was attended by the Civitan International Board of Directors, researchers and scientists with the Civitan International Research Center, and officials from the UAB School of Medicine.

The lab’s imaging equipment will be used for both research purposes and patient care in conditions such as autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, macular degeneration, spinal cord injury, glioma, ALS and traumatic brain injury.

To learn more about the Civitan International Research Center, visit their website. To support their research into developmental disabilities and other neurological disorders, visit the Donation page at the Civitan International website.

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