MEG scanner moving from Burnaby’s Down Syndrome Research Foundation to Surrey Memorial

Burnaby’s Down Syndrome Foundation is losing its multimillion-dollar brain scanner to a new high-tech lab at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The foundation, which co-owned the magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanner with Simon Fraser University, sold its majority-shares in March of 2014, making SFU the sole owner. “The MEG scanner is currently shut-down, in the process of being upgraded and then to be installed at Surrey Hospital sometime later this year,” said SFU professor Urs Ribary, an internationally known Swiss neuroscientist and B.C.’s LEEF Leadership Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience in Childhood Health and Development. The MEG scanner measures the magnetic fields that occur in the brain when neurons fire with millisecond accuracy. It’s destined for a new “ImageTech” lab at Surrey Memorial that will also house an MRI machine.  Dawn McKenna, executive director at…


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