In 2010 CFINs Core Experimental Facility was established. Our goal has been to establish a world class research facility where researchers can get access to all major modalities for investigating the human brain, help for study design and data analysis, as well as powerful IT infrastructure for data storage and analysis.
A Siemens TIM Trio MRI system was installed in January 2010. The scanner features both standard and advanced equipment, including: visual, auditory, electrical and thermal stimulation devices; monitoring devices for eyetracking, EMG, EOG, ECG, EEG, pulse oximetry, respiration and end-tidal CO2 and a number of devices to log subject responses. With lots of waveguides, cable ducts and an in-room monitor, the scanner room is extremely flexible and prepared for several experimental scenarios and optimized for both human and animal experiments.
In addition a Siemens Magnetom Skyra 3T was installed in October 2012, to replace our old General Electrics 3T MRI system.
In August 2011 we opened our Electa Neuromag TRIUX MEG scanner facility. The MEG scanner is placed below ground level at Aarhus University Hospital, close to the other research scanners, the researchers in Danish Neuroscience Center, and the clinical researchers at the hospital. The MEG scanner detects magnetic field changes in the femto-Tesla range, and therefore has to be isolated from outside sources such as moving vehicles and electrical fields. The scanner is being used for research within ultrafast brain processing, and for research based patient examinations prior to treatment of severe epilepsy.
During the summer of 2012, a Ultima In Vivo Two Photon Microscope from Prairie Technologies, including a Resonant Galvo Scanner, was installed in close proximity to other small animal research scanners (microPET and high field MR). The 2-photon microscope will be used for in vivo animal research in combination with oxygen probes and different stimulation paradigms. We expect to add equipment for FLIM and electrophysiological recordings in 2013.