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The Core(s) of Research

Annual CLP Event Highlights Core Scientists, Northwestern’s Powerful Tools for Discovery

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Alex Waters talks about some of the imaging capabilities at Northwestern’s Center For Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI) during the 2017 Chemistry of Life Processes Institute Core Crawl on July 12. Waters is a core scientist who oversees Magnetic Resonance Imaging at CAMI. Photo by Roger Anderson

Holding a brain between his fingertips, Chad Haney offered a group of graduate students a chance to experience the sensation first hand.

Haney projected the image from his tablet to a wall of 25 screens inside Northwestern’s Center For Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI), one of more than 40 University core facilities. Haney, managing director at CAMI, rotated the MRI and zoomed in. With 3-D glasses on, the brain was almost close enough to touch.

CAMI is home to more than $5 million in imaging instrumentation and collaborates with NUIT to produce the visualization wall that is about 11 feet tall and 17 feet wide.

This impressive display was just the first of 12 stops during showcase tours at the 2017 Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) Core Crawl on July 12. The annual event at the Richard and Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics on the Evanston campus also featured a poster session and free consultations with expert staff.

“The Core Crawl is a blast,” says Thomas O’Halloran, CLP director and Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry. “CLP staff scientists are always adding new instruments and services to the cores every year. The event is fun for students, postdocs, and faculty and allows them to get out of the lab and learn about emerging methods that are available to their research groups.”

The facilities involved in this year’s Core Crawl included:

  • The Biological Imaging Facility
  • Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging
  • ChemCore
  • Developmental Therapeutics Core
  • High Throughput Analytics Laboratory
  • Proteomics Core
  • Recombinant Protein Production Core
  • Quantitative Bio-element Imaging Center
  • Structural Biology Facility
  • Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center

Core Expo Set For August 17

CLP presents its annual Core Expo on August 17 on the Chicago campus.

Managers from nearly a dozen core facilities will showcase their innovative biomedical expertise, research, and services available to Chicagoland researchers.

Attendees can learn how centers and cores collaborate to advance potential therapeutics and diagnostics from the early stages of discovery through pre-clinical testing.

The Expo occurs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. inside the Ryan Family Atrium at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, 303 East Superior Street, on the Chicago campus. Register for free, here.

Both events are organized by CLP, Northwestern’s premier trailblazer in transdisciplinary science. The institute provides cutting-edge opportunities, knowledge, and tools to accelerate discovery and the translation of research to society to improve life.

By Roger Anderson