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UNMC boosts research stature by adding most advanced MRI scanner in Nebraska

A new arrival has joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and it will allow UNMC to compete with the elite research institutions in the country in better understanding the complexities of the brain.

The new arrival comes in the form of the most advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner in Nebraska – a state-of-the-art, 28,000-pound unit that will provide the highest resolution imaging available while cutting the time the subject has to be in the MRI in half.
 

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Tony Wilson, Ph.D.
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“As far as new hires – bringing outstanding new scientists to Omaha -- I’m very excited. I think this year in our recruitment efforts it’s going to be a new ballgame. We’re actually going to be able to get the people who’ve slipped through our fingers in past years.” 

Tony Wilson, Ph.D.
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“With this magnet, we can do a lot more high resolution imaging that’s actually is looking at like what’s wrong and what’s different in a patient’s brain with Alzheimer’s.” 

Tony Wilson, Ph.D.
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“We know so less about the brain compared to the heart and other organs. Brain disorders occur much more frequently as we age, and it’s going to have a huge societal impact. Currently, there’s very little brain disorders that we can actually do anything about.”

Tony Wilson, Ph.D.
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“This is a big deal for UNMC. The instrument that we actually bought is like the Ferrari of research magnets. For the MRI, we’ve eclipsed all of our competitors.”

Tony Wilson, Ph.D.
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“It will make our existing research program much, much stronger when we go for federal funding from the NIH and others. And I think it will really help grow the research enterprise in Omaha and really the region.”

Allan Schur
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“The only way that we can get a cure is through research and that’s where the MRIs come in. It’s a fantastic way of determining the progress of disease and maybe find a cause. That’s the idea because until you find a cause, you’re not going to find a cure.

Allan Schur
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“It’s a devastating disease. The costs are more than my Social Security, her Social Security, and my retirement all put together easily. It’s one-and-a-half times what our total income is.”