Centre for Neuroscience Studies & Brain Imaging Facility

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Area(s) of Expertise

The Centre for Neuroscience Study and Brain Imaging Facility contains unique facilities to integrate basic sensory and motor research with advanced brain imaging techniques and clinical patient assessment laboratories in hospitals. We use our expertise in these techniques to investigate areas such as attention, movement control, multi-sensory processing, cognitive control, skill learning and pain in both healthy people and patients with brain damage. All laboratories are available and set up for external use and/or collaborations, including technical personnel where required. 

What the facility does

MRI-based and EEG neuroimaging, behavioural patient assessment in dedicated hospital laboratories, basic and clinical research in all aspects of neuroscience.

Research Services
  • MR imaging,
  • eye-head-arm movement analysis,
  • brain-computer interfaces,
  • Robotics,
  • assessment of motor deficits,
  • psychophysical testing,
  • EEG recording
Sectors of Application
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function 

Queen’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility

(http://www.queensu.ca/neuroscience/MRI-facility.html)

Siemens Magnetom Trio,  3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging system

Whole-body 3 T MRI system for human and animal studies.  Fully equipped for functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, anatomical imaging, proton spectroscopy, and variants of these methods. 

Includes two-way communication system and physiological monitoring equipment

 

Medoc TSA-II  Thermal Sensory Analyzer

Thermal stimulation system, MRI compatible, for providing hot/cold thermal stimulation during fMRI studies, or for measuring pain/sensory thresholds

 

Avotec SV-6011 LCD projection system

MR-compatible projector for visual display during fMRI studies, or for patient comfort, with images rear-projected onto a screen and viewed via a mirror

 

Avotec Silent Vision 7021

MR-compatible visual display system with views for each eye to allow full field-of-view presentation or 3D display, as well as eye-tracking during viewing

 

Fibre optic fORP button response pads

MR-compatible button boxes, trackball, and joystick for recording participant responses during fMRI studies

 

SR-Research Eyelink 1000 eye-tracking system

MR-compatible eye-tracking system for eye-movement studies during fMRI, or for recording participant responses

 

Nordic Neurolab audio system

MR-compatible stereo sound system for audio presentation during fMRI studies, or for communication with the participant

 

Phone-or optical microphone

MR-compatible microphone for recording participant verbal responses during fMRI studies, or for communication with the participant

 

MR-compatible eye glasses

MR compatible interchangeable prescription eyeglass with lens inserts in Rx powers from -6 to +6.

 

Personal computers running Microsoft Windows

Computers for stimulus presentation and recording participant responses during fMRI studies

 

EGI dense-array MRI-compatible EEG system

256-electrode MR-compatible EEG system to measure electrical brain signals in real time and with millisecond resolution.

Sham MRI Lab

(http://www.queensu.ca/neuroscience/MRI-facility.html)

Sham MRI

Replica of a typical whole-body MRI system, with the exception of having zero magnetic field.  This system is for behavioural testing prior to fMRI studies, training participants, and familiarizing participants with the MRI environment prior to fMRI studies.

This system includes duplicates of all of the peripheral equipment for fMRI studies, as listed above.

KINARM Clinical Research Labs

Hotel Dieu Hospital

Bimanual KINARM Exoskeleton robot with integrated eye-tracking

 

Kingston General Hospital

Bimanual KINARM Exoskeleton robot with integrated eye-tracking

Bimanual KINARM EndPoint robot with integrated eye-tracking

 

St. Mary’s On the Lake Hospital

Bimanual KINARM Exoskeleton Robot with integrated eye-tracking

Research labs in three hospitals in the Kingston region are available to explore the use of robotic technologies to quantify sensory, motor and cognitive impairments in subjects with neurological disorders. All three sites have bimanual KINARM robots that measure how subjects move their arms in the horizontal plane, involving motion of the shoulder and elbow joints.  The device can apply loads to the limb in order to move it to different spatial locations or to observe how subjects respond to small bumps or disturbances during motor skills. An integrated virtual reality system displays spatial objects or targets in the workspace.

 

The robotic systems support the use of KINARM Standard Tests which includes a battery of five tasks to assess various aspects of sensory, motor and cognitive function. Automated analysis software quantifies subject performance including factors such as the subject’s age, sex and handedness. A further five tasks have been recently developed to expand the range of sensory, motor and cognitive processes that can be assessed with the system.

These facilities are available on a fee-for-use basis. We provide full back-up of all data and can provide preliminary processing and data management services.  We can train individuals to operate the system and/or assist in data collection. We can also support collection of preliminary data, pro bono. For information, contact Stephen Scott, Director of KINARM Clinical Research Labs at steve.scott@queensu.ca.

Blohm lab

(http://www.compneurosci.com/)

SR Eyelink1000 eye tracker

NDI Optotrak body motion tracker

TMS stimulator

Chronos eye tracker

DelSys EMG system

3D motion platform

3D binocular stimulation systems

We can present binocular visual stimuli or real objects moving in 3D and record human interaction with these stimuli through eye tracking, limb-motion tracking and EMG recordings. We can also stimulate brain areas magnetically or electrically.

Extensive expertise is available modelling different sensory-motor and single neuron mechanism in neuroscience. This ranges from high-level systems modelling to models cellular resolution.

See here for full list of equipment: http://www.compneurosci.com/equipment.html

Scott lab

(http://limb.biomed.queensu.ca/)

Kinarm exoskeleton robot

Kinarm endpoint robot

DelSys EMG system

 

Flanagan lab

(http://psyc.queensu.ca/~flanagan/)

Phantom haptic devices

ATI force-torque sensors

 

Munoz lab

(http://brain.phgy.queensu.ca/doug/www/)

SR Eyelink1000 eye tracker

 

 

Reynolds lab

(http://dbms.queensu.ca/faculty/james_reynolds)

SR Eyelink1000 eye tracker

EEG recordings

 
  • BKIN Technologies Ltd.
  • SR Research Ltd.
  • Compute Canada