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“Understanding the brain in all its complexity is impossible for any group to accomplish in isolation.”
-Arthur Toga, Director

We’ve built a diverse team of neurobiologists, mathematicians, and computer scientists, and a worldwide network of collaborators sharing data. Our goal is to increase the pace of discovery in neuroscience by better understanding how the brain works when it’s healthy and what goes wrong in disease.

Our facility houses two advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanners for data acquisition: a Magnetom Prisma 3T and a Magnetom Terra 7T.

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LONI’s onsite data center features state-of-the-art security technology and can store more than four petabytes of brain imaging data.

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Our Scientific Visualization Group creates elegant maps and animations to illustrate brain structure and function.

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The blood brain barrier lines the vessels of the circulatory system in the brain, preventing harmful substances from crossing. This animation explains the blood brain barrier’s anatomy at a micro level—and what happens when it starts to break down.

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The INI is home to an interdisciplinary group of researchers, programmers and visualization specialists capable of producing sophisticated scientific visualizations. Videos like these help researchers better comprehend and communicate complex biological processes.


Faisal Rashid, a student in the INI’s Neuroimaging and Informatics master’s program, was sworn into the Los Angeles Police Department on January 4 as a reserve officer after nearly two years of interviews, background investigations, polygraph tests, extensive training, and medical, physical fitness and psychological examinations.

Rashid was inspired to join the academy while working as a project assistant in the lab of Paul Thompson, PhD, INI’s associate director. After studying how addiction, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions affect brain health, Rashid says he began to understand how such issues contribute to crime and homelessness.

“Law enforcement officers are typically first responders to emergencies that involve individuals with mental health problems, trauma, or troubled adolescents. Sometimes, the right interaction with the right people can change the trajectory of someone’s life for the better," Rashid says, adding that it’s always been a priority for him to give back to Los Angeles, where he was born and raised.

He is currently assigned to the LAPD's Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau. Moving forward, he hopes to study the relationship between mental health, trauma in childhood and adolescence, and crime.


USC researchers found “hidden factors” in medical data that could improve Alzheimer’s disease prediction and lead to better outcomes.


Leaky blood vessels in the brain may be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease, researchers say.