The Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute opened its doors Thursday at the USC Health Sciences Campus.

President C.L. Max Nikias cut the ribbon at Stevens Hall for Neuroimaging, a state-of-the-art facility that USC said will facilitate studies at the forefront of neurological discovery.

"Through their establishment of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, they have taken seeds of possibility and committed to nourishing them to their full astounding maturity," President Nikias said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Stevens Hall boasts the largest brain data repository in the world, holding nearly 3,000 terabytes of information from six continents. It also features a Siemens 3T Prisma MRI machine, and will have the world's only Siemens 7T MRI early next year. These will provide high resolution brain images for research on Alzheimer's, autism and other diseases.

The facility, designed by Stevens Institute director Arthur Toga, is optimized for cutting-edge brain research and neuroimaging.

USC and the benefactors of the facility hope Stevens Hall and the Mark and Mary Stevens Institute will foster groundbreaking research and discoveries.

"The dream for all of us is that in 10 years or 20 years or 30 years, via the research that will go on here in this new facility, [we will] find solutions to a whole range of diseases that ravage all of our families," Mark Stevens said.

The building, said President Nikias, represents the capstone in USC's commitment to revolutionizing neuroscience.

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