In 2003, the University of York took the strategic decision to make the study of human neuroscience a high priority for future investment.
The outcome of this decision was the creation of York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC): a state-of-the-art research facility for investigating human brain function using non-invasive imaging techniques.
YNiC has become the hub of a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding structural, chemical, functional and theoretical aspects of neuronal mechanisms. Facilities include two 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging systems, whole-head magnetoencephalography, high-density electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct-current stimulation and high-performance parallel computing.
The Centre was initially funded by a £4 million grant from the Higher Educational Funding Committee to the University of York. A generous £1.2 million grant from the Wolfson Foundation allowed the Centre to develop research that exploits magnetoencephalography. In 2016, a £3 million grant from the Medical Research Council (MRC) enabled us to acquire a second 3T MRI system to work on advanced contrast agents in collaboration with the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM).
Further grants have been received from the European Research Council (ERC), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research charities and industry, which are being used to support studentships and postdoctoral research positions.
YNiC is an open access research facility. Applications for use of the Centre can be made at any time and are reviewed by the Research Governance Committee.