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New MRI center brings research to UVM

Burlington, Vermont - October 4, 2010

Nearly four million dollars in federal funding is bringing cutting edge medical technology to the University of Vermont Medical School and Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Medical research at UVM is nothing new, but the funding that brought the MRI Center for biomedical imaging, is expected to attract even more. The technology helps researchers measure hundreds of different body activities -- from the complex, like measuring the amount of water in the body -- to the vital, like early detection of life threatening diseases.

Its made a real difference in our operations here. And I am happy to report to you that we have gotten a real return on that investment," said Frederick Morin with UVM's College of Medicine.

The MRI magnet is one of only four of its kind in the world and is used by an array of departments for clinical research projects that focus on understanding more about disease and techniques for treatment. College officials say it will continue to help UVM advance its groundbreaking research. "This represents cutting edge research at the university of Vermont and with our partner Fletcher Allen health care, the advance of the academic health science center here," said UVM President Dan Fogel.

The UVM MRI center currently has 48 active research studies, including finding treatments for multiple sclerosis and exploring the brain. And Senator Leahy says the four million dollar contribution was well worth it. "I know it's three million dollars that is not only going to be well spent, but in the long run, is going to save all kinds of lives. And is going to advance dramatically what we can do in medicine," Leahy said.

Helping Vermont medicine continue to be on the cutting edge.

Melinda Davenport - WCAX News

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