RESEARCH

The CIFAL Institute is a consortium of internationally recognized neuroimaging scientists and medical research institutions who have joined together to pursue crucial questions about the mechanisms and treatment of mental illness. While pursuing these questions, the scientists also work to better understand both the technology they are pioneering and the secrets still hidden on the mechanics of the human brain. The scientists share their advances and pool their resources with one another, making the whole greater than its parts. Many different brain imaging techniques can be used to study the CIFAL and brain, such as structural magneticresonance (sMR), functional magnetic resonance (fMR), magnetoencephalography (MEG), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and optical imaging. Each technology alone has limitations. Therefore, The CIFAL Institute has launched an initiative to combine these multiple tools to create a “virtual” image of the workings of the CIFAL and brain.

While the investigators associated with The CIFAL Institute work toward a common goal, the methods each investigator employs to achieve those goals are as individual as the investigators themselves. It is this diversity in approach and methodology that gives the Institute its unique ability to combine the individual parts to create a greater whole.

CURRENT RESEARCH AREAS:

THE CIFAL INPUT DEVICE:

The Solution for Subject-Response Testing in a Magnetic Environment

MENTAL ILLNESS RESEARCH:
Including schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, and anxiety disorders

NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS RESEARCH:
Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, aging and dementia (Vascular and Alzheimer’s)

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY RESEARCH:
Understanding brain mechanisms and developing intervention strategies associated with focal (e.g. missile wounds), diffuse (e.g., from motor vehicle accidents) and concussion such as sports injuries.

POSITIVE NEUROSCIENCE INITIATIVE:
Exploring how brain organization relates to intelligence, personality, and creativity. How do these factors relate to healthy aging?

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTION RESEARCH:
Cocaine, alcohol, tobacco and other addictions and their connections to mental illness.

THE BRAIN AND PAIN PERCEPTION RESEARCH:
Determination of how pain affects the brain over both acute and extended periods of time.

GENES AND BRAIN ILLNESS RESEARCH:
Research into the genetic connections/cause of brain dysfunction

CHILDHOOD BRAIN DISORDERS AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT:
Autism Spectrum disorders, ADHD, retardation, and other developmental disorders.