Vince D. Calhoun, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2014
For outstanding contributions to methods for identifying intrinsic brain networks and for multimodal fusion of imaging and genetic data.

Tracking Hallucinations Inside the Brain

Via University of New Mexico | September 16, 2013

What happens in your brain when you hear voices that aren’t there?  What happens when you see things that no one else sees around you?  People with some mental illnesses struggle every day to separate reality from hallucinations and it appears those hallucinations trigger activity in specific parts of the brain.

Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico Vince Calhoun leads a research group that is asking those questions.  Calhoun is searching for a way to identify and characterize mental illness, specifically schizophrenia using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Magneto encephalography (MEG) scanners that can detect activity in various regions of the brain.


COBRE at MRN Receives $15 Million Grant to Allow Continued Research on Mental Disorders

Via University of New Mexico News | July 9, 2013

The Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) at the Mind Research Network, in partnership with the University of New Mexico, received a $15 million grant that will position New Mexico as one of the premier brain imaging sites while expanding research on psychosis and mood disorders. This is a second phase of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Development Award (IDeA) funding for the Multimodal Imaging of Neuropsychiatric Disorders (MIND) COBRE study.

Vince Calhoun, Executive Science Officer of The MRN and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNM, received the grant to continue studying schizophrenia and expand the research to include a wider range of disease categories to better understand the neural and genetic mechanisms of psychosis and mood disorders.


Vince D. Calhoun Named 2013 Fellow to Both AAAS and IEEE

Via UNM School of Engineering | November 29, 2012

UNM School of Engineering Professor Vince D. Calhoun was elected to Fellow by AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for 2013. The grade of Fellow is the highest grade of membership in both organizations and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Calhoun is the Executive Science Officer of The Mind Research Network ( and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (primary) with additional appointments in Psychiatry, Computer Science, and Neurosciences.

He has spent much of his career focused on the development of flexible multivariate methods for integrating the huge amount of brain imaging and genetics data which is available today. Calhoun has developed advanced algorithms for identifying how brain regions ‘talk’ to one another (called functional connectivity) either during a specific task or at rest. He has also studied how these connections are impaired during mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment, among others).