“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.Learn more
LONI’s onsite data center features state-of-the-art security technology and can store more than four petabytes of brain imaging data.Learn more
After graduating from the INI’s Master of Science in Neuroimaging and Informatics (NIIN) program, Akul Sharma (’18) began working as a neuroimaging data analyst at the University of California Irvine’s Bio-behavioral Research on Adolescent Development (BRoAD) Lab. Akul is the primary MRI operator and imaging data analyst for two studies, both funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. One involves studying the effects of childhood maltreatment on neurocircuitry in adolescent depression; the other explores ways to prevent adolescent risk-taking behaviors in African American youth.
Since graduation, Akul has published a number of abstracts, including presentations on adolescent depression and other topics at the annual meetings of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Looking forward, he plans to pursue a doctoral degree at the intersection of neuroimaging, psychiatry and informatics. Specifically, Akul hopes to use neuroimaging and neurocognitive measures to study emotional and cognitive dysfunction.
“The goal of my research is to increase our understanding of the existing neural models of mood disorders,” he says. “This can potentially improve clinical practice by enhancing biomarkers, treatment guidelines and algorithms.”
Below, Akul presented "White Matter Changes in Fronto-Limbic Pathways in Adolescent Depression" at the Society of Biological Psychiatry Annual Meeting. (Chicago, IL, May 2019)
A multi-omics, multi-algorithm approach will unleash a new wave of understanding around Alzheimer’s disease and diagnosis, that in time, will make precision diagnostics practical, speakers predicted at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2020 virtual event, held July 27-31.
The Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation is supporting innovative biomedical research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC by granting $100,000 awards to two assistant professors.
Researchers at the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC are forging ahead with their research programs.