An international team, including researchers at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis, has released the first open-source data sets of non-human primate brain imaging. Details of the PRIMatE Data Exchange (PRIME-DE) consortium are published today (Sept. 27) in the journal Neuron.
The project will greatly augment progress on in vivo brain imaging of non-human primates, said John Morrison, director of the CNPRC and Professor of Neurology at the UC Davis School of Medicine.
PRIME-DE collects MRI images of brains of non-human primates. It will be a global resource for researchers. (PRIME-DE)
A scanner that combines PET (positron emission tomography) with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is one of The Scientist magazine’s Top Innovations of the year in life sciences.
Simon Cherry and colleagues in the Department of Biomedical Engineering have been working for several years on PET scanners for small animals that could be used in laboratory research. Such machines open up new experiments, and also potentially reduce the number of animals used in research (One such machine is already in use at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis). Combining PET with MRI allows scans which show new types of information — MRI scans are good at showing internal body structure, while PET can be used to follow body processes in real time.