OBSERVATION lies at the very heart of science and medicine

The dictionary defines observation as the act of noting or marking attentively a fact or an occurrence.


From our earliest cognitive moments in life, unless visually impaired, we have used our ability to observe, to percieve our environment.

The key to excellence in science and medicine is our ability to observe, and then to control.  Tools or instruments that assist the physician or scientist to observe in a better manner can only enhance the outcome of the study being undertaken.  This is true whether it is in relation to patient care or in the determination of basic cellular functions.  

From the very beginnings of man's quest to ascertain his environment, the ability to observe more closely, more clearly, and with better certainty has been a technological challenge. With vast talents, man has invented better and more sensitive tools by which to probe the world; to see and comprehend even the smallest parts of what make up our environment and ourselves, our organs, our cells, our very genes.

We stand as recipients of many of these tools of observation. The Microscopy and Imaging Facility at Children's Memorial Research Center (CMRC) has been established to enable our physician researchers and research scientists observe the events of development and disease and then to control those processes for the betterment of mankind.