Scientists rely on increasingly detailed images of the structure and function of the brain to understand, diagnose and treat neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive changes associated with aging.

UC Davis Department of Neurology faculty members who are part of the IDeA Lab are working to both reveal the biological basis of diseases of the aging brain, as well as improve the imaging techniques used to visualize the workings of both normal and diseased brains.

Located in the Center for Neuroscience, the IDeA Lab uses a variety of state-of-the-art imaging techniques, including: 

  • PET (positron emission tomography)
  • SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging)

The lab’s projects involve using these techniques to look at everything for improving the diagnosis of non-Alzheimer’s dementia to looking at the biological markers that characterize the transition from mild cognitive impairment to the on-set of Alzheimer’s disease.