Facilities

MRI

The Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC) is a world-class brain imaging facility located approximately 5 minutes from the center of campus. The MNC is easily accessible by private car and public transportation (from campus as well as neighboring institutions, such as the NIH campus and the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine & Dentistry). The facility provides access to multiple techniques, including MEG, high-density EEG, and simultaneous fMRI/EEG. The MNC includes multiple meeting rooms and a data analysis laboratory. The facility includes a state-of-the-art Siemens 3T TIM Trio scanner with 12- and 32-channel head coils for performing high-resolution structural (T1, DTI) and functional (BOLD EPI, ASL) MRI studies, including multi-band sequences. The facility includes a full array of stimulus presentation tools (Eprime, Presentation, PsychToolBox), peripheral physiology apparatus (Biopac), and eye-tracking (SR Research). The MNC has a mock scanner and other rooms for interacting with subjects and their families (e.g., screening, administration of behavioral assays and psychometric instruments). The MNC is directed by Dr. Luiz Pessoa. The MNC staff includes a full-time MRI physicist, Dr. Wang Zhan, administrator, and several MRI operators. The MNC is affiliated with the university’s interdepartmental neuroscience training program (NACS) and is overseen by an executive committee comprised of the director, staff, and other campus faculty (e.g., Nathan Fox of the department of Human Development).

More information: http://www.mnc.umd.edu/

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Computing

The ATNL is equipped with multiple workstations (Intel 5th gen 64-bit quadcore processors; 8 GB RAM; 1 TB local storage; high end graphic cards; Windows 7 or RedHat Enterprise and virtual Windows 7 operating systems) with dual oversized LCD monitors as well as a printer to accommodate the needs of lab staff and trainees. Laptops and tablets are available for use at the imaging center, teaching, or conference travel. The workstations are equipped with a full array of software for statistical analysis of MRI imaging data including Matlab, SPM, FSL, AFNI, MRICRON, and ANTS. In addition, commonly used productivity software is available on all machines including the Adobe suite (Acrobat Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop), Microsoft Office, R, and SPSS; as well as a specialized commercial software for experiment design and analysis (e.g., E-Prime, NBS Presentation, Biopac Acknowledge, and SR Research Dataviewer). The lab also has a powerful, expandable, custom workstation (“Ferret”) for more complex data analysis (4-core Intel Xeon E5-2637 processor; 128 GB RAM; 28 TB RAID physical storage; 500 GB SSD cache; CUDA-enabled GPU with 1152 cores). All of these workstations are regularly administered by our staff scientist and 2 full-time Department IT administrators.

For cutting-edge data analysis, the lab also has 3 powerful Linux-based Dell PowerEdge R720xd server systems (“Badger:” 2 x 8-core Intel Xeon E5-2660 chips; 128 GB RAM; RAID-6 with 9 x 3 TB physical storage and a hot spare; “Fisher” and “Polecat:” 2 x 10-core Intel Xenon E5-2640 chips; 128 GB RAM; RAID-6 with 9 x 4 TB physical storage and a hot spare). The 3 servers are housed in the secure campus Research Data Center and regularly administered by our staff scientist and the Enterprise Technical Infrastructure group within the Office of Information Technology (OIT). Using the server, imaging, psychophysiological (e.g., SCR), and behavioral (e.g., eyetracking) data can be processed and analyzed using AFNI, ANTS, BSE, FSL, MATLAB, MRICRON, ROBEX, and SPM12. Automated, offsite backups are performed daily (Badger, Ferret, Fisher, and Polecat) via the Isilon system administered by the Enterprise Storage and Backup group within the OIT.