A Message from the Director
The Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute (TTNI) is a multi-user neuroimaging facility that promotes cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at TTU and the TTU Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). TTNI provides researchers with brain and body imaging technologies including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging, spectroscopy and simultaneous EEG-fMRI. TTNI will focus on how training and intervention improve cognitive, emotional and social capacities of self-regulation across the lifespan, the effects of prevention and intervention on brain mechanisms underlying self-control, stress reduction, ADHD, PTSD, autism, mood disorders, addiction, cancer, aging, expertise development and well-being, all of which are consistent with the TTU long-term strategic plan to foster collaborative bio-behavioral research into mental disorders. TTNI is in a unique position to conduct bio-behavioral research on the effects of cognitive-behavior therapy and brain reorganization and function. We believe that this combination of behavioral and brain-based research will not only advance our scientific understanding of mental disorders, but will simultaneously provide valuable interventions to our community.
As the Director of the Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute, I will work with my colleagues from interdisciplinary fields at Texas Tech, TTUHSC and other universities to build a safe, active and collaborative TTNI based on our strategic plan. To motivate TTNI faculty to get more grants, TTNI promises each TTNI faculty and PI that TTNI will return all the indirect cost received from OVPR/TTU to PI for PI's research and development, and will not deduct any percentage of indirect cost. We will build on our strengths in neuroscience, psychology, engineering, education, medicine, healthcare and biology and promote new directions in functional imaging, social, cognitive and affective neuroscience, intervention and prevention science, educational neuroscience, neuroeconomics, human development and neuroinformatics.
Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD.