Most advanced brain imaging study in Wales

20 September 2018

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Using some of the most advanced neuroimaging equipment in the world, researchers at Cardiff University’s Brain Imaging Research Centre (CUBRIC) are set to study the brain function and structure of 170 healthy volunteers as part of a research project to uncover the mysteries that still surround our most complex organ.

By studying the structural, chemical, vascular and metabolic functions of people’s brains, the team hopes to gather new information that will advance understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases such as epilepsy and schizophrenia, and learn more about the influence of specific genes on behaviour and brain function.

In this major study, funded by Wellcome, volunteers between the ages of 18 and 65, will participate in MRI, MEG, TMS, and PET scans, complete a number of cognitive tests and questionnaires related to mental health and demographic background, and provide a saliva sample for collection of genetic data.

Professor Derek Jones, Director of CUBRIC, said: “By studying multiple brain imaging signals and different brain functions in multiple volunteers to a level that has never been attempted before, we hope to gain significant new insights into the brain and bring about a step change in our understanding of both the healthy and diseased brain.”

Please contact our recruitment team on 02920688377 or WAND@cardiff.ac.uk if you are interested in finding out more about this study.

The study will take part between October 2018 and October 2021 and payment of up to £325 is available per volunteer.

More info is available on the WAND Study web page.

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