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Human Magnetic Resonance Center

Human Magnetic Resonance Center

The Human Magnetic Resonance (HMR) Center at UMass Amherst houses a research-dedicated Siemens Skyra 3T scanner. The Center provides access to state-of-the-art, non-invasive imaging and spectroscopy technologies for academic and industry-based research in central and western Massachusetts and beyond.

The UMass HMR Center will offer the following technologies:

3Tesla Siemens Skyra Scanner

  • 32-channel headcoil
  • 64-channel headcoil
  • body coil
  • shoulder coil
  • foot/ankle coil
  • knee coil
  • breast coil

Peripheral devices

  • 128-channel (Brain Cap), MR-compatible EEG (Brain Vision)
  • Ergometer
  • Behind-bore LCD display
  • MR-compatible physiological recording system (EEG, EMG, SCR; Biopac)

Participant interface

  • Optical noise-cancelling microphone and headphones
  • Array of button boxes
  • Grip force device
  • Joystick
  • Squeezeball
  Campus Users External Users
Half Hour $275 $550
Rates are subject to change, contact facility to verify current fees.
Updated March 13, 2017

As a core facility, the HMR Center is a resource for basic and translational MRI and MRS research both from investigators on-campus and off.

UMass Amherst neuroscientists use state-of-the-art structural and functional brain imaging techniques. Functional MRI (fMRI) is used to determine areas of the brain that contribute to performance of specific tasks. High-resolution structural images can be useful for identifying changes in the brain such as those associated with development, aging, or disease.

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is used to measure the molecular composition of a tissue or muscle.

Structural imaging
In addition to structural brain imaging, static imaging of bone and tissue is used to identify skeletal, muscular, or differences across populations or individuals.

Facility Staff

Kwan-Jin Jung
MR Physicist (Neuroimaging)
(413) 577-0538

Rajakumar Nagarajan
MR Physicist (Spectroscopy)

Jane Kent
HMR Center Co-director

Jacquie Kurland
HMR Center Co-director

S230 Life Science Laboratories
University of Massachusetts Amherst
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003

Facility Leadership


Katherine Boyer
Kinesiology, SPHHS

Matt Davidson
Psychological & Brain Sciences, CNS

Jane Kent
Kinesiology, SPHHS

Jacquie Kurland
Communication Disorders, SPHHS

Rebecca Spencer
Psychological & Brain Sciences, CNS

Frank Sup
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, COE