Centers of Excellence
The Institute’s vision for 21st century science emerges from complementary strengths in drug discovery and development, preclinical imaging, proteomics, cell free synthesis, physiochemical analysis, and nanoscale imaging. The next waves of technology for early detection and treatment of a broad array of diseases will arise from this multi-pronged attack.
Cornew Innovation Fund
The Cornew Innovation Fund annually awards pilot project funding ($35,000 – $50,000) to 2-3 interdisciplinary teams to support new high-risk, high-reward biomedical research projects. This funding has opened up critical areas of transdisciplinary research, resulting in discoveries that impact human health and disease such as the development of a new class of therapeutics for treating Alzheimer’s disease, new surgical glues, and surprising new insights into the earliest stages of fertilization and embryonic development.
Core Facilities: Instruments and Services
The Institute manages eight shared research facilities. These facilities represent a $25M investment in high‐end instrumentation and expertise and provide 50 new services that enable investigators to identify, design and refine potential new therapeutics and diagnostics and to visualize their activity in living cells and tissues. The cores’ PhD level personnel develop powerful new tools and methods to support new basic and translational research at Northwestern and across the Midwest.
Imaging resources span length scales of molecules to whole animals. Instruments include MRI, IVIS Spectrum, SPECT, and PET. A 3D tiled-panel-display supports image analysis and processing.