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Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)

Reception and seating area in the interior of the CUBRIC building

The £44m state of the art Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) brings together world-leading expertise in brain mapping with the very latest in brain imaging and brain stimulation.

In brief:

  • Completed: June 2016
  • Cost: £44m
  • Architect: IBI Group
  • Contractor: BAM Construction

The building, opened by Her Majesty the Queen, is a spacious, collaborative and sustainable environment. The interior focuses on rich materials such as wood, bold colours and geometric shapes to create a professional but relaxed space.

Research facilities include Europe’s most powerful brain scanner, the Siemens 3 Tesla Connectom MRI system, a specially adapted MRI scanner of which there is only one other in the world at Harvard University in the USA.

The building is home to the Clinical Research Facility, a purpose-built environment for patients and volunteers taking part in medical research and clinical trials. It includes a sleep lab and facilities for the study of cerebrovascular physiology.

  • 4 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) labs
  • 5 brain stimulation labs
  • 10 cognitive method labs

The unique depth and breadth of expertise and equipment in CUBRIC allows us to answer a wide range of questions about the brain in health and disease, and facilitates academic and industrial collaborations at both the national and international level.

Professor Derek Jones Director of CUBRIC