MICROSCOPY AND IMAGING FACILITY
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
The Microscopy and Imaging Facility at Children's Memorial Research Center began as the "Research Core Microscope Facility" in 1986 in the basement of the Research Building of Children’s Memorial Hospital. It started with the acquisition of two electron microscopes and a Kontron (Carl Zeiss, Inc) image processing system through a grant from the Buehler Family Foundation. That facility quietly served researchers at Children's Memorial Hospital and other researchers from neighboring institutions in and around Chicago for many years.
The creation of Children's Memorial Research Center resulted in the transformation of the former facility into the present Microscopy and Imaging Facility. The facility moved into approximately 900 square feet of space in the newly-built Children’s Research Center 1995. With the expansion of the building in 2004, the Microscopy and Imaging Facility has moved into a larger suite.
The Microscopy and Imaging Facility currently occupies approximately 1,250 square feet in suite C.257 in Children's Memorial Research Center.
Its operation is unique among similar facilities in the United States. In keeping with the communal vision of Children's Memorial Research Center, the Microscopy and Imaging Facility was created as a shared resource with full access to all members of the research community in Children's Memorial Research Center. As such, no hourly fees for use of the instrumentation are charged to members of the Children's Memorial research community. This policy gives our researchers a tremendous advantage in the scientific community by having unlimited access to the latest and best technological tools available.
The Microscopy and Imaging Facility also provides technical support and training on these instruments. It is believed that by providing unlimited access to the latest technology and by providing consistent, quality training and support for researchers and their laboratories, Children's Memorial Research Center will continue to be a leader in the fields of basic medical and clinical research.
The Microscopy and Imaging Facility is constantly looking for new instrumentation and technologies to facilitate and expand the research capability of the research community at Children's Memorial Reasearch Center.