A new £44m Cardiff University brain research imaging centre (CUBRIC) that will lead Europe in helping scientists understand the causes of brain conditions has reached a major milestone in its construction.
A ceremony has taken place celebrating the progress made in creating a new home for world-leading expertise and equipment in brain mapping on the University's innovation campus.
Assembly Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford joined senior representatives from the University to mark the completion of the structural frame of the building by construction firm BAM.
Research carried out at the centre, which is due to open in Spring 2016, will help scientists understand the causes of brain conditions such as dementia, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis.
Professor Derek Jones, Director of CUBRIC, said:
"Seeing the initial vision becoming a physical reality is an amazing privilege, and I'm delighted that we've reached this major milestone in CUBRIC's construction.
"This is the largest research-dedicated neuroimaging centre ever to have been built in the UK and will house a combination of neuroimaging equipment not currently found anywhere else in Europe.
"The talented staff in CUBRIC have been developing the theory of how to make new, more meaningful measurements in the living brain, but have been hamstrung by technology.
"The new CUBRIC assembles the cutting edge technology that now allows us to put these theoretical developments into practice. This really is ushering in a new era for neuroimaging.
"The research that will be done here will potentially have a profound positive impact on the lives of people around the world."
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