Chancellor Gene Block issued this statement on May 9, 2013.
UCLA’s Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) has been an international pioneer in enhancing the understanding of human brain structure and function. I am proud of UCLA’s role in supporting the lab’s many positive impacts so, naturally, I was disappointed to learn that the lab plans to end its affiliation with the campus. I want to stress, though, that the exceptional drive and ingenuity of our faculty, staff and students and the quality of our research infrastructure ensures our continued strength, especially in the field of neuroscience. UCLA is among the world’s great research enterprises, testing boundaries and producing new knowledge on a daily basis, and the departure of one lab will not diminish our impact.