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STORRS — University of Connecticut scientists researching everything from speech to genomics are coming together to become part of a new institute for the study of the brain.

The Connecticut Institute for Brain and Cognitive Science opens at the end of this month, when a $1 million state grant kicks in. That’s part of about $15 million the school has committed over the next 15 years to fund the institute’s work

Scientists plan to study myriad issues there, such as what goes on in the brain of someone with dyslexia and how the brain rewires itself after an injury.

The school has also purchased a new functional magnetic resonance imaging machine that will create images of how parts of the brain work together when someone is doing an activity such as reading or taking a test.

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