West Pickle Research Building

Imaging Research Center

The Imaging Research Center (IRC) was made possible in the summer of 2003, thanks to the sponsorship of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Executive Office of the President (EOP). These sponsors awarded a contract to The University of Texas at Austin to purchase, install and operate a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine to support graduate education and research in drug addiction.

This award allowed the university to establish the IRC, a university-based center for the investigation of brain mechanisms of cognition and motivated behavior that will provide knowledge critical to understanding the etiology, treatment, and prevention of neuropsychiatric disorders and substance abuse. The Imaging Research Center began operations in the new facility in January 2006, and the facility will also be used by a variety of researchers for investigations of biological function that are appropriate for study using an MRI.