The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Center (MRIRC) at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IPCAS) was founded in 2008. The MRIRC strives to understand the human mind and transform our understanding to improve human health. The MRIRC has the state-of-the-art 3T GE MR750 scanner, supports research projects utilizing MRI to further our knowledge on how human behavior is generated based on brain anatomy, function and physiology. The MRIRC research advances the MRI technologies, especially the functional MRI (fMRI) analysis methodologies. The MRIRC provides those most advanced MRI technologies to the research community within and outside the institute, trains the community to efficiently utilize the technologies and center’s resources, thus supports the collaborative research across disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, computer science, neuroimaging and psychiatry.

The MRIRC is also the base for the Human Brain Data Sharing Initiative (HBDSI). The aim of the HBDSI is to help improve our understanding of the human brain function and associations with various clinical conditions to brain disorders, by building an unprecedented big data open resource of brain imaging across a wide variety of individuals: including healthy people with different traits as well as different neurological and psychiatric diseases.