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Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre
The CUBRIC building at sunset
Parent institution
Cardiff University
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

The Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) is a brain imaging centre, part of Cardiff University's Science and Innovation Campus in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.[1] When it expanded in 2016, it was considered the most advanced brain imaging centre in Europe.[2]


CUBRIC was established in the Cathays Park campus of Cardiff University in 2006, and moved to a new building in the Maindy Park campus in June 2016.[1][3][4] The new building was awarded the title of Life Science Research Building 2017 by the UK Science Park Association and received the "Project of the Year" and "Design Through Innovation" awards from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.[5]


Cardiff University's School of Psychology created CUBRIC to facilitate interdisciplinary brain research, using multiple neuroimaging machines. The centre houses machines for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), and electroencephalography (EEG) research,[6] and the first connectome scanner outside the United States, a Siemens 3 Tesla Connectom system.[2][7] The centre aims to investigate neurological aspects of conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia,[6] multiple sclerosis, and dementia.[3] One of the centre's first major research projects in the new building involved the study of Huntington's disease.[8]

The connectome scanner generates a map of the axons in white matter, connections of the brain, by measuring the nearby movement of water molecules to 11000 millimetre (3.9×10−5 in) precision.[2][9][10] Anomalous structures and changes to the brain's function, called biomarkers,[8] can be identified through comparison to scans of healthy brains.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Her Majesty The Queen Opens Innovative CUBRIC Building". IBI Group. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Cardiff University's Cubric brain image centre milestone". BBC News Wales. BBC. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b Evans, Gareth (28 October 2014). "Work begins on Cardiff University's new £44m brain imaging centre". WalesOnline. Media Wales. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Major milestone for new £44m brain imaging centre". Cardiff University. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Cardiff University Awarded for World Class Research Building". IBI Group. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b Freeman, Tami (13 November 2012). "CUBRIC: a focus on brain research". IOP Publishing. Archived from the original on 2017-12-29. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Buildings that inspire category: award winner and runners up". The Guardian. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  8. ^ a b "CUBRIC enters its first multi-center Phase 1 Clinical Trial for treatment of Huntington's Disease". Cardiff University. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  9. ^ "World's most detailed scan of the human brain shows how information travels". Nine Digital. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  10. ^ Cashin-Garbutt, April (5 September 2016). "Neuroimaging: an insight into psychiatric causes? An interview with Dr Craig Buckley". AZO Network. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  11. ^ Scott, Tom; Jones, Derek (24 July 2017). Connectome Scanning: Looking at the Brain's Wiring (video). YouTube. Retrieved 24 July 2017.

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