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Nebraska school launches lab for neurological research

Nov 2, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center is unveiling its new initiative that will use driving and vehicle simulators and black box devices to study the neurological sciences by assessing behavioral health in a realistic environment.

The Omaha World-Herald (http://bit.ly/1M6ZrtT ) reports the university and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, announced the Mind and Brain Health Labs Monday as part of the Mind and Brain Health Initiative.

The lab focuses on the idea that driving skills gives researchers a look into behavioral health, movement disorders and neuromuscular diseases. It also includes a full-sized car, a smaller driving simulator, and a sensor-equipped vehicle that can be driven on the street.

Dr. Matthew Rizzo, chairman of the medical center's department of neurological sciences, says the new lab is a more environment for research.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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