IBIC is an interdisciplinary home to faculty, support scientists, and trainees from a variety of medical, quantitative, and social scientific fields. Intramural expertise spans neurology, neuroradiology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, experimental cognitive psychology, neuroscience, biology, biophysics, MR physics, computer science and engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and medical informatics. More than 25 affiliated faculty from 14 departments and 5 colleges impart an even broader range of expertise to IBIC.
The central technology at IBIC is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), including activation studies and newer forms of fMRI such as functional connectivity and pattern-information approaches. State of the art anatomical MRI, structural connectivity (diffusion MRI), perfusion, and multinuclear MR spectroscopy studies are routinely performed in conjunction with fMRI. Concurrent behavioral, cardiopulmonary, psychophysiological, eye movement, and EEG data are also frequently recorded and analyzed concurrently with fMRI.
IBIC shares resources among core members and affiliates and provides expert assistance to investigators new to functional imaging and to established collaborators. The programmatic space is contiguous, open, and conducive to interdisciplinary interaction. Touch down space is provided for collaborators and trainees at all levels. Scientific interest groups and other informal events are opportunities for establishing collaboration. IBIC maintains strong links to numerous other Centers and laboratories in order to add value to UW neuroscience.
IBIC features a state of the art and comprehensive image processing facility and information infrastructure. Numerous specialized academic and commercial software packages are implemented harmoniously in a managed Linux environment that is also made available UW-wide via a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. IBIC is committed to open source principles, and data sharing, and is actively developing scalable tools for discovery across imaging platforms and scientific centers.
Dr. McLaughlin's research examines how adverse environmentl experiences shape emotional, cognitive, and neurobiological development in childhood and adolescence. Specifically, Dr. McLaughlin's work seeks to understand how experiences of stress, trauma, and social disadvantage alter developmental processes in ways that increase risk for psychopathology. Her research uncovers specific neurodevelopmental processes that are disrupted by adverse environmental experiences early in life and determines how those disruptions increases risk for mental health problems in children and adolescents.
IBIC will be hosting Dr. Bob Cox and his AFNI team at NIH right here in Seattle for a AFNI training bootcamp from July 9th-13th. Registration and more information here.