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U.S Airforce Photo/Airman 1st Class Wesley Farnsworth

Airmen from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., load an MRI machine donated by the School of Medicine onto a C-17 Globemaster III June 12. The U.S. Air Force flew the 36,000-pound MRI machine to Salta, Argentina. In addition to being used for routine medical care in that region, the MRI will be used to conduct brain scans of the native population as part of research into the origins of schizophrenia. Faculty involved in coordinating the donation were Marcus Raichle, M.D., professor of radiology, of neurology and of neurobiology; Thomas Conturo, M.D., associate professor of radiology; Yvette Sheline, M.D., professor of radiology and of psychiatry; Gilbert Jost, M.D., head of the Department of Radiology and director of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology; and Gabriel de Erausquin, M.D., Ph.D., a former faculty member now at Harvard Medical School.