NCTR, Division of Neurotoxicology

The National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) is the primary research center of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The one-million square foot research campus in Jefferson, Arkansas plays a critical role in the missions of FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to promote and protect public health.


Primary Contact – Dr. Serguei Liachenko, M.D.,,

  • Bruker 47/40 MRI (4.7T) – Non-human primate MRI
  • Bruker Advance III 500 (70/30 MRI, or 7T MRI) – Rodent MRI

Primary Contact – Dr. Xuan Zhang, M.D.,,

  • Samsung Neurologica CT scanner and data collection
  • MicroPET Focus 220

Primary Contact – Dr. Syed Imam, M.S.,,

  • Harvard Bioscience MEA-VMT2 Micro Electrode Array (MEA) Equipment – in vitro and in vivo extracellular recordings and electrical stimulation

Primary Contact – Dr. John Talpos,,

  • Med operant test systems – Non-human primate behavior

All potential use of NCTR equipment must be aligned with NCTR’s mission and may require a technology transfer agreement:

NCTR conducts scientific research to generate data for FDA decision making, and develops and supports innovative tools and approaches that FDA uses to protect and promote individual and public health.


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