The Center for NMR Research was founded in 1988 by the Penn State Health Department of Radiology, receiving funding as a Bioengineering Research Partnership through the NIBIB. CNMRR is a state-of-the-art research facility focusing on two fronts: first, methodology development in magnetic resonance imaging/spectroscopy, functional MRI and their clinical applications in human models (including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and concussion) and animal models; and second, radiofrequency magnetic field engineering. There are four full-time research faculty members in the CNMRR, collaborating with and supporting research activities within the College of Medicine and externally providing imaging analysis software to interested researchers.
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Examples of work in the Center for NMR Research include:
- Brain imaging initiative
- Memory and aging study
- Functional MRI
- Magnetic susceptibility effect
- Cartilage imaging
- Neuroimaging marker for Parkinson’s disease
- High dielectric effect in MRI
- Novel MRI sequence development
- Development of targeted MRI contrast for glioma
Qing X. Yang, PhD, is Director of the NMR Facility.
Other resources in NMR research include:
- Center For Magnetic Resonance Research Software at UMN – includes CMRR Software
- Biophysics Research Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin – includes AFNI (Analysis of Functional NeuroImages)
- SPM (Statistical Parametric Mapping)
- The National High Magnetic Field Lab
- NMR Information Server at the University of Florida
The Center for NMR Research is in the NMR Building, directly up a hill from the Biomedical Research Entrance of Penn State College of Medicine. The building is between the South Annex Parking Garage and the Red Long Lane Building on the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus.
Patients or study participants should park in the spots designated “Patient Parking” and use the entrance on the right-hand side of the building.
Visitors should park in any non-patient spot outside the facility and check in with the administrative assistant at the entrance on the far left side of the building.