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USF Helps Open New MRI Facility in Argentina
February 16, 2012

The University of South Florida and Robert Roskamp, philanthropist and long-time university supporter   participated in a joint effort with not-for-profit organizations in Argentina to install an MRI scanner donated by the Washington School of Medicine to a new MRI facility that is scheduled to open shortly in Salta, Argentina.

The facility named Instituto San Lazaro de Neurociencias (ISLN) is dedicated to neuroscience research in the indigenous population of the Andean region and will help medical experts identify schizophrenia in its early stages, years before the onset of the illness begins to affect its victim. Dr. Gabriel A. de Erausquin, Director of the USF Center for Neuromodulation at the Morsani College of Medicine, is a key player in the launch of the facility. In a video documenting his work in Argentina, he proposes that studying a child’s brain may offer the possibility of preventing adult schizophrenia.

The institute is backed by the Foundation FULTRA, a not-for-profit research organization that delivers neurological and psychiatric care to minorities. . Other entities that assisted with the transport and installation of the scanner were the US Airforce Transcomm, the Argentine Army, USAID, the REDES program of the Argentine Foreign Service and FUSEA, a non-profit allied to the Argentine Army.

The launch of the institute will also bring together experts in neuroimaging across disciplines at an inaugural symposium March 28 and 29, 2012.

Watch the documentary trailer here.

For registration and more information on the symposium, visit