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Brain research centre opened by Princess Royal

Brain research centre opened by Princess Royal
16th October 2007

Princess Anne has opened a new neurological research centre in Oxford.

The Oxford Neurodevelopmental Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Centre is the world's first purpose-built facility specialising in brain function.

The Centre will use its Elekta Neuromag MEG system to monitor nerve cell activity in the brain non-invasively.

Research will be conducted into cerebrovascular disease and mild brain trauma, psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression, learning disorders and also cognitive functions underlying memory and language.

Professor Anthony Bailey, from the University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry, said: "The brain is the most complex structure in the human body.

"In the investigation and treatment of brain disorders, whether it is tumors, neurodegenerative diseases or functional disorders, it is of utmost importance to gather as much information as possible about the individual patient's brain."

The scientists hope that the data gathered will help them to diagnose and treat patients with brain disorders or related diseases.

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