A state-of-the-art MRI scanner for imaging of structural connections within the human brain, the Connectome 2.0, was recently installed at the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Susie Huang, MD, PhD, a neuroradiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a faculty member in the Martinos Center, is partnering with colleagues at Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, MGH Center for Law, Brain & Behavior (CLBB), and the Community Access, Recruitment and Engagement (CARE) Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in a new project: Recruitment, Engagement, and Access for Community Health Equity for BRAIN Next-Generation Human Neuroimaging Research and Beyond (REACH for BRAIN).
Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, is Chief Innovation Officer at CLBB and one of the PIs of the REACH for BRAIN project. He said:
"Neuroimaging technologies have improved dramatically over the years, but engagement and recruitment efforts have not... The main thrust of the project is to challenge and reimagine the ways neuroimaging research is conducted by grounding it in the local community."