University of Birmingham MEG lab

University of Oxford MEG lab

Research topics

The magnetoencephalography (MEG) system at the University of Birmingham is part of the Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH), an interdisciplinary brain research facility established with the mission of understanding what makes a brain healthy, how to maintain it, and how to prevent and reverse damage.

The Centre is home to state-of-the-art brain imaging facilities, which are used to uncover the mechanisms supporting cognition in both the healthy and the dysfunctional brain.

We use our multidisciplinary expertise and state-of-the-art technology to identify the key factors for maintaining a healthy brain. To do this, we are developing and applying MEG in conjunction with advanced neuroimaging techniques, including the development of new sensor technology, to characterise brain structure and function, combined with experimental and lifestyle interventions to enhance brain health across the lifespan.

Research facilities and equipment

The MEG laboratory houses an Elekta Neuromag TRIUX system, installed in January 2018. The TRIUX system has 306 sensors distributed over the head: 204 planar gradiometers and 102 magnetometers. The MEG system is place in a two-layer shielded room. The system allows for concurrent EEG recordings from 64 electrodes and continuous monitoring of the head position. A closed-loop He recycler eliminates refills.

The peripherals of the MEG system include:

  • a ProPixx projector (1440 Hz refresh rate)
  • a fast EyeLink eye-tracker (SR Research)
  • auditory stimulation
  • somatosensory stimulation
  • button boxes

A dedicated MEG analysis pipeline, FLUX, is under development to facilitate research.

Location

The MEG laboratory at the University of Birmingham is part of the new Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH), which will open end of 2018. Till then, the MEG will be hosted in a temporary building.

More information about the CHBH is available at the following link: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/chbh.

People

University of Birmingham MEG team

Academic Investigators

Peter Hansen

Simon Hanslmayr

Ole Jensen
Head of MEG

Ali Mazaheri

Chris Miall

Uta Noppeney

Hyojin Park

Katrien Segaert

Kim Shapiro

Bernhard Starina

Maria Wimber

Rachel Upthegrove

Core Staff

Jonathan Winter
MEG Lab Manager

Emily Loftus
CHBH Operation Manager

Research Groups

For a list of our research groups, please visit:
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/centre-human-brain-health/research-groups.aspx

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