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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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Brain changes associated with leaky capillaries suggest new, potential drug targets as well as a way to diagnose the disease sooner.


The ENIGMA Consortium's new international initiative aims to better understand variables that affect brain aging and progression to dementia in diverse settings.


INI's recent Nature Neuroscience hippocampus study is featured on the NIH Director's Blog.


On December 14, INI held its holiday party and 2nd annual Winter Games competition. While faculty and staff enjoyed festive food, treats and cocktails, six teams entered in a fierce battle for first place in the highly anticipated Games.

Event One was a Pseudoscience Fair, in which teams created scientific posters to prove unscientific concepts, including birthday astrology, phrenology and crystal healing. Some teams conducted live “experiments” or used sweets, props and pandering to win over the judges.

Event Two required each team member to taste and name one of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans (a mainstay of the Harry Potter universe). Participants correctly identitifed a range of bean flavors, including everything from candyfloss and cinnamon to soap, earwax and vomit.

For Event Three, each team used a variety of building materials (including tinker toys, pipe cleaners, egg cartons and cardboard) to construct a scene related to the institute. Several teams crafted versions of the INI’s 7T MRI scanner. Teams also earned bonus points for wearing nametags adorned with photos of themselves dating back more than 10 years.

The judges deliberated carefully and ultimately named Carinna, Avnish, Jeana, Zach and Kaelan winners for their superb presentation on “The Effects of Phrenology on Collaborative Efforts in a Neuroscience Environment” and their outstanding jelly-bean tasting and construction skills.