The facility has state-of-the-art biomagnetic recording instruments, including a magnetically shielded room, a 306-channel whole-head neuromagnetometer, data collection hardware and software, versatile stimulation equipment, and extremely sophisticated data analysis software. The visitors have access to all these facilities, which allows them to carry out high-quality neuromagnetic measurements on the functions of the human brain. A sufficient number of computer workstations and personal computers are also available. The local staff has good expertise in all areas of biomagnetism and their specialities include neuroscience, physics, engineering, psychology, and mathematics.
A yearly call for proposals is published in Trends in Neurosciences and continuously in the WWW pages of HUT/LTL Chairperson of the Users Selection Panel is Riitta Hari. The Selection Panel is advised to use the following criteria when evaluating the Neuro-BIRCH III proposals:
1) Scientific importance of the proposed work;
2) Feasibility to do the experiment in the Brain Research Unit of LTL/HUT;
3) Reputation of the applicant or her/his supervisory group;
4) Balance between different geographic areas in Europe.
Riita Hari, Brain Research Unit (BRU), Low Temperature Laboratory (LTL), Otakaari 3 a, Espoo 02015 HUT, P.O. BOX 2200, Finland