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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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ASPIRE, the Alzheimer's Association philanthropy magazine, featured our Global Alzheimer's Association Interactive Network (GAAIN) and its PI, Arthur W. Toga. The network facilitates data exploration and discovery for Alzheimer's and aging researchers while allowing data owners to maintain control over their material. Read the text of the article below.


Paul M. Thompson, the associate director of INI, has been named one of Clarivate Analytics' 2018 Highly Cited Researchers.


Not long after moving to southern California to start his postdoc with Hongwei Dong, Mike Bienkowski found himself at a meeting listening to neuroscientists debate the divisions of the hippocampus.


Currently, three institutions in the U.S. have begun using 7-tesla magnets for clinical applications, but mostly for neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. The challenge now is showing how much more 7-tesla MRI can contribute to patient care.