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About the Centre

In 2003, the University of York took the strategic decision to make the study of human neuroscience a high priority for future investment. The outcome of this decision was the creation of a new research facility for investigating human brain function using non-invasive imaging techniques. The Centre was formed by a consortium of some of the strongest departments within York University including Psychology, Computer Science, Electronics, Health Sciences and Chemistry. It has extensive links to the Hull-York Medical School, Clinical Departments in the NHS and to industry.

Picture of a participant in the MRI scanner

The York NeuroImaging Centre (YNiC) has become the hub of a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding structural, chemical, functional and theoretical aspects of neuronal mechanisms. Facilities include two 3-Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems, whole head Magnetoencephalography, high density electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation and high performance parallel computing.

The Centre was initially funded by a £4 Million grant from the Higher Educational Funding Committee to York University through the SRIF initiative. A generous £1.2 Million grant from the Wolfson Foundation has also allowed the Centre to specifically develop research that exploits Magnetoencephalography and a grant from the MRC enabled us to acquire a second 3T MRI system in 2016 to work on advanced contrast agents in collaboration with the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM).

Further grants have been received from the ERC, BBSRC, EPSRC and from industry, which are being used to support studentships and postdoctoral research positions.

The York NeuroImaging Centre is an open access research facility. Applications for use of the Centre can be made at any time and are reviewed by the Research Governance Committee.