The Bill Henningsgaard Brain Studio (BHBS) at I-LABS

The Bill Henningsgaard Brain Studio (BHBS) at I-LABS

A collaborative workspace for analyses of brain imaging data. Occupancy expected early 2017.

I-LABS faculty and researchers tackle some of the greatest questions about how children learn languages, how they develop socially and emotionally, how their cognition skills grow and how their brains develop physically. I-LABS’ findings serve not only academic researchers and scholars, but also clinicians, educators, legislators, policy-makers and families around the world who can utilize I-LABS’ research in tangible and practical ways every day.

I-LABS integrates multiple brain-imaging tools in novel ways to discover the mechanisms of early learning. These tools include magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Since its arrival, I-LABS’ MEG machine has attracted worldwide attention from scientists and visitors across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

To facilitate I-LABS’ growing integrative work, an underutilized auditorium (circa 1950) in the Portage Bay Building will be remodeled into a high tech “Brain Studio.” This renovation will enable scientific leaders with different areas of expertise to come together in cross-disciplinary collaborative work concerning the analysis and display of multi-modal brain data. Scientists will be able to project different brain data from an individual baby’s brain to provide a unique visualization of what happens inside that child’s brain when he or she thinks, experiences an emotion, problem-solves, or interacts socially with another person.

The new Brain Studio will consist of 3,000 square-feet on two levels with collaborative work areas, offices and meeting spaces. The key feature is a central open area with a state-of-the-art video wall for displaying brain data. Scientists will be able to overlay multiple types of brain data on the interactive display and collaborate on software development for brain analysis. The layout will also offer the right atmosphere for scientific seminars and new public events. A groundbreaking mix of brain science and theater! The new Brain Studio will allow us to add a state-of-the art data analysis wing to I-LABS and thus complete our dream of combining unique brain scans (through MEG) with unique brain analysis tools.


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