December 7, 2000

Brookhaven Lab Expands the Brookhaven Center for Imaging and Neurosciences


UPTON, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory is expanding its Brookhaven Center for Imaging and Neurosciences. The state-of-the-art imaging center is dedicated to conducting basic research on normal brain function, aging and neurological disorders, focusing on addiction. In addition, researchers at the center develop technology for two imaging methods for these studies - positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Located on the Brookhaven site, the expanded research center will nearly double in size to 4,821 square feet, providing additional space for new research laboratories, patient-preparation areas and two new PET scanners. A large scanner will allow expansion of human PET studies of addiction and its treatments as well as aging, and it will enable scientists to explore new research directions, including cancer imaging. A smaller PET scanner will be used to perform genetic studies and drug research. The $4 million expansion is due to be completed by January 2001.

Nora Volkow, Brookhaven's Associate Laboratory Director for Life Sciences, said, "Brookhaven researchers and their collaborators have made important contributions to the understanding of addiction, aging and neuropsychiatric diseases with the aid of these imaging facilities. The integration of two imaging methods - PET and MRI - provides us with very detailed images of brain activity that would otherwise not be possible. With these expanded facilities, we plan to continue our research in these areas, which may lead to new treatments for illnesses such as addiction. We will also initiate new research, including studies of AIDS and cancer."

This program expansion is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.