Center for Collaborative Brain Research (CCBR)

The CCBR is a nonprofit center that is a partnership among Bradley University, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, and the Illinois Neurological Institute, all located in Peoria, Illinois. This Innovative center combines its resources allowing professionals from diverse disciplines to work together. Two co-directors facilitate and manage the operations of the center: Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, a counseling professor from Bradley University, and Dr. Wen Cheng Liu, a physicist from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Since its inception in 2010, the Center for Collaborative Brain Research has completed eight cutting edge MRI brain studies. Each project has contributions from one university faculty, a physicist, a radiologist, and a neurologist. The published articles have all authors as contributors creating a true multidisciplinary and translational research team. All of the research projects that have been completed since the CCBR’s inception are brain-based and utilize some form of MRI scanning technology. Some of the projects include:

  • Neurofeedback efficacy in children with ADHD
  • Usefulness of MRI techniques in pre-surgical evaluation of temporal lobe efficacy
  • Neurological brain activity for employment interview questions
  • Hemodynamic responses to pain change for spine thrust manipulation in spinal cord injuries
  • Food phobias

To learn more, you can visit the Center for Collaborative Brain Research website at