Noelle Toumey Reetz
Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
ATLANTA—Distinguished University Professor of Psychology Vince Calhoun has been named director of the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI), a joint venture between Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
CABI opened in 2009 to provide academic researchers with access to functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) facilities to conduct studies on topics ranging from autism and learning disabilities to brain signals and brain-computer interfaces. The center contains advanced neuroimaging facilities that allow scientists to observe detailed functional and structural pathways in the brain. CABI includes facilities for in-scanner electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial Doppler sonography, as well as eye-tracking and other psychophysiological techniques.
Calhoun, a Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Eminent Scholar in Neuroscience and Neuroinfomatics, also holds appointments in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech and in neurology and psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. He is the founding director of the Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science (TReNDS), a tri-institutional effort supported by Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Emory to increase cooperation among Atlanta brain imaging researchers. Calhoun’s research is focused on developing new ways to analyze and use complex brain imaging data by drawing on advanced machine-learning approaches.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to direct the CABI facility, which represents a unique multi-institutional resource for advanced brain imaging,” said Calhoun. “My hope is we can leverage advanced multimodal imaging and brain stimulation approaches, as well as cloud-based neuroinformatics and analytics approaches, to lower the barriers to brain imaging, help researchers to be more successful in their goals and grow a large community of individuals to tackle the mystery of the human brain.”
CABI is part of the GRA’s Core Exchange, which allows Georgia’s university scientists to share core research facilities and equipment.
“The core exchange agreement allows us to provide greater support for faculty across all of the state’s research universities,” said Michael Eriksen, interim vice president for research and economic development at Georgia State. “Under Dr. Calhoun’s leadership, CABI will expand collaborative research opportunities and greatly advance our understanding of brain health.”
“We are pleased to collaborate with Georgia State University and the Georgia Research Alliance to advance neuroscience research in Atlanta and the state of Georgia,” said Raheem Beyah, Georgia Tech’s vice president for interdisciplinary research. “Vince Calhoun’s selection as director of CABI will help ensure that we have the leadership and infrastructure necessary to build on advances in this critical area of research.”
Distinguished University Professor
Calhoun is the founding director of the Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science (TReNDS), which is focused on improving our understanding of the human brain using advanced analytic approaches.