US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visits I-LABS

I-LABSOutreach, Research

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited I-LABS to tour the new MEG Brain imaging center and learn more about the new research possibilities.

The I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center opened in May 2010. It is the first brain-imaging center in the world focusing on children. The new MEG machine allows I-LABS to take a systems neuroscience approach, instead of a molecular/cellular approach. Systems neuroscience looks at the whole brain to visualize the working together of billions of neurons and trillions of synaptic connections linking these neurons. To understand complex human systems such as language acquisition, social understanding, problem solving, emotions and personality, a “whole brain” — systems neuroscience — approach is critical.