Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging

The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging is a collaboration between the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, the VU University, and Amsterdam UMC. The Spinoza Centre offers its ultrasensitive MRI-scanners to four hundred researchers in the Amsterdam region for their fundamental research into the workings of the brain and brain disorders.

Research area

The research of the Spinoza Centre on healthy and diseased brains is focused on:

  • Cognition (research into the brain’s information processing)
  • Emotion (research into the the neural basis of emotion)
  • Clinical neuroscience (research into clinical disorders)
  • Methods and statistics (development of data acquisition and analyses techniques)

Imaging the brain

The Spinoza Centre houses two 3 Tesla scanners and one ultra high-field 7 Tesla MRI-scanner. Currently only four human 7 Tesla MRI scanners are operational in the Netherlands. The ultra high-field MRI visualizes the brain at unprecedented high resolution, in terms of function, anatomy and metabolism in the living human brain.

The Spinoza Centre collaborates with several national and international research institutes and companies, for example the University Medical Centers of Leiden and Utrecht, both also involved in research with a 7 Tesla scanner from Philips who is also a participant in this network.

The Spinoza Centre has been supported in part by a grant from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRO) and by contributions by the Municipality of Amsterdam and the Province of North Holland.