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Center for Magnetic Resonance Research expansion opens

The newly expanded Center for Magnetic Resonance Research will house one of the world's largest and most powerful human imaging magnets. (Photo: Shawn Sullivan)

The University of Minnesota’s world-renowned Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) in December opened a 65,000-square-foot expansion.

The expanded space will house one of the world’s largest and most powerful human imaging magnets, a 10.5 Tesla magnet capable of delivering the sharpest images ever seen through magnetic resonance imaging technology. It also houses the new Center for Clinical Imaging Research.

“The magnetic imaging capabilities made possible by the CMRR’s expansion have opened doors for new research such as the Human Connectome Project that will map the connections of the human brain and establish the treatments and health care solutions of the next decade and beyond,” says center director Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D.

CMRR’s $53.2 million expansion is part of a larger investment in the University’s Biomedical Discovery District, a $292 million commitment to build 400,000 square feet of new research space.

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