Professor Risto Kauppinen - inaugural lecture

Chair in Imaging Risto Kauppinen
School of Experimental Psychology

This lecture took place on Tuesday 12 June 2012

A blueprint of the speaker: Exploring the brain with nuclear magnetic resonance

The tools we exploit ‘to look inside the human body’ have revolutionised during the past decade or so. Today amazingly detailed images are obtained from our organs totally non-invasively. These images provide unprecedented information from anatomy, physiology and metabolism of the brain. Imaging techniques based on nuclear magnetic resonance (MR) have played a key role in the exploration of the brain since the ‘Decade of the Brain’ in the 90s. MR imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) are used extensively in neurosciences to map human cognition as well as to reveal mechanisms of several devastating brain diseases. In this lecture I will highlight technical developments of MRI and MRS as well as their use in modern neuro-imaging.