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UKE receives millions in support of neurosciences

DFG gives UKE EUR 4 million to research causes of psychological problems with MRI scanner

Scientists at UKE are to receive EUR 4 million in aid from the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) to purchase a new 3 Tesla MRI scanner for researching the causes and development of psychological disorders, UKE announced Friday (August 12). The latest 3 Tesla MRI scanners have excellent picture sharpness and high diagnostic quality.

Better understanding of chronic pain

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gallinat, Director of the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, and Prof. Dr. Christian Büchel, Director of the Institute for Systemic Neurosciences secured the funds from DFG as part of a large instrument initiative for purchasing 3 T MRI scanners.

The institute’s existing 3 T MRI scanner will be updated. Prof. Büchel said: “This new platform will allow us to examine pain processes in the brain and the spinal marrow simultaneously and to better understand the causes of chronic pain. Both instruments will have identical performance features and can boost existing collaborations in pain research.”

Co-operation with work groups at UKE

The new, large instrument, which is due to be finalised in September 2017, will support research by the new Heisenberg-Professor Dr. Simone Kühn in the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. Kühn focuses on the brain’s ability to adjust to new ambient conditions and demands. The new scanner will also strengthen work with other groups in UKE and at the University of Hamburg. Prof. Gallinat said: “The generous support from DFG expands the neurobiological research possibilities both qualitatively and quantitively considerably and leads to substantial strengthening of UKE’s neuroscientist focus.”

DFG supports the purchase of big, complex instruments and innovative technology to examine special scientific problems and technical issues.

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