The Caltech Brain Imaging Center (CBIC) was founded in 2003 through a generous gift from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. CBIC is part of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech.
The very ambitious and ultimate mission of the Center is to understand human consciousness. On our way to achieve our mission, the researchers of the CBIC are also pursuing several intermediate goals of importance:
- To explore the neural basis of higher brain function .
- To develop new tools for the imaging of brain structure and function.
- To train a diverse student and faculty group in structural and functional neuroimaging.
- To foster interdisciplinary research in brain science.
Researchers at the CBIC use state of the art MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners to conduct research studies of the brain and its mechanisms.