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fMRI Dedication

3-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 — College of Medicine Atrium

Good afternoon! It’s wonderful to be here to celebrate a major step forward for FSU research.

The purchase of this Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine has been a long time in the making, and I am so pleased to say that Florida State University now has the most advanced MRI in the state!!

This isn’t just any old MRI — this is a highly sophisticated machine that can detect and map blood flow changes in the brain in order to track brain activity.

This machine will open up a whole new world of research possibilities for our faculty, and it’s hard to imagine a more important area of study than the brain.

While scientists have made many discoveries about the brain in recent years, there is so much more to learn about its complexities, the diseases that affect it and how cognitive functioning changes across the lifespan.

The answers to these questions will not only help us to live longer, they will help us live healthier, happier and more productive lives. And that goes to the very heart of the reason why universities engage in research in the first place.

Although this MRI is housed here in the College of Medicine, it is open to students and researchers from all academic disciplines engaged in research on how the brain works.

I want to thank Provost McRorie, Vice President Ostrander and Dean Fogarty for working together to create this facility and equip it with the very best technology available.

Their collaborative spirit reflects well on the interdisciplinary focus at FSU, and their foresight will help us push the boundaries of brain-related research.

I look forward to some amazing discoveries coming out of Florida State University in the coming years, and I can’t wait to see the headlines you will generate. Congratulations, everyone!