UMass Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Open the Center for Comparative Neuroimaging

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/September 25, 2002
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, MA - September 25, 2002 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) will officially open the Center for Comparative Neuroimaging (CCNI) on the grounds of Worcester State Hospital on Monday, September 30. Through the joint effort, psychiatrists, medical researchers, and biomedical, electrical, mechanical and computer engineers will utilize magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to study and map anatomical abnormalities of the brain associated with mental illness.

The Center's opening will be marked by a scientific symposium featuring Paul S. Applebaum, M.D., the Arnold F. Zeleznik Professor of Psychiatry and chair of the department of Psychiatry at UMMS; and Craig F. Ferris, Ph.D., CCNI director and UMMS professor of psychiatry; Alan P. Koretsky, Ph.D., Chief of Laboratory Function and Molecular Imaging at the National Institute of Neurologicla Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institute of Health will be the keynote speaker.

Also in attendance will be Timothy Q. Duong, PhD, CCNI director of magnetic resonance imaging and UMMS assistant professor of psychiatry; Reinhold Ludwig, PhD, CCNI director of electronics and WPI professor of electrical and computer engineering; Jean A. King, PhD, CCNI associate director and UMMS associate professor of psychiatry; John M. Sullivan, Jr., DE, CCNI director of data/numerical analysis and WPI professor of mechanical engineering.

Invited guests include State Senator Harriette L. Chandler, PhD; Elaine Hill, MPA, area director of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health; and US Representative James McGovern.

The Symposium will run from 3-5 p.m. at the Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute (BNRI), 303 Belmont Street (grounds of Worcester State Hospital), followed by a 5:00 p.m., tour of the Center (adjacent to BNRI). The event will conclude with a reception at the Beechwood Hotel.

For additional information or to arrange an interview, please call Alison Duffy at UMMS (508-856-2000) or Patricia Samson at WPI (508-831-5616).