Core Facility Spotlight: 7-Tesla MRI
Purdue University’s powerful Bruker 7-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging machine
(MRI), unveiled in 2013, is the only one of its kind in Indiana.
The $1.9 million system, which is located in the Bindley Bioscience Center in
Purdue’s Discovery Park, has a magnetic field strength more than twice as powerful as
Purdue’s GE 3-Tesla MRI machine. While the 3-Tesla MRI is designed primarily for
human research and clinical studies, the new MRI is designed to study small animals
such as mice and rats and to perform functional MRI on the brains of live animals to
complement studies in humans.
The 7T also can be used to study biomaterials for medicine and to study human body
parts and tissues that have been removed during surgery or from cadavers in order to
better understand disease processes.
“A nice thing about the system is you can conduct a lot of basic research and then
immediately transition to human studies by going from the 7-Tesla system to the
3-Tesla machine,” says Corey Neu, an associate professor in the Weldon School of
Biomedical Engineering who is in charge of the 7T. “For example, you might collect
image data on a human knee joint using the new system and then transfer to the 3-Tesla
system to image living people.”
Part of the MRI Facility
Both the 3-Tesla and 7-Tesla MRI systems operate under the direction of Purdue’s MRI Facility, a core research facility of the Indiana
Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.
The 7T machine is available anytime to users from Purdue and
around the state in research areas as diverse as psychology and
cancer, veterinary medicine and osteoarthritis. For more information, contact Corey Neu, email@example.com, 496-1426.
The 3T machine is located in the LakeView Technology Center,
within the Purdue Research Park, at 3482 McClure Ave. It’s available
through a partnership between with the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and InnerVision Advanced Medical Imaging and
open to Purdue researchers Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
weeknights, 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.; and weekends from Friday at 5 p.m. to
Monday at 7 a.m. For more information, contact Gregory Tamer,
research scientist/manager of operations for the Purdue MRI Facility, ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please note that both machines require project authorization
from a facility co-director or the facility’s manager of operations.
Purdue Offers Postdoc
Challenge for Indiana
CTSI Core Facilities
A new challenge will offer Purdue
postdoctoral researchers valuable
proposal writing and reviewing experience in translational research. The
competitive Purdue Postdoc Challenge will provide two meritorious
awards of $5,000 each to be spent at
one or more of Purdue’s Indiana C TSI-Designated Core Facilities.
Awardees will be expected to develop and manage a project budget that
clearly demonstrates a translational
science strategy using the services
provided by the core facilities. They
also will need to submit a six-month
and final progress report at the end
of the one-year project period.
Purdue postdoctoral researchers
from the West Lafayette campus are
eligible to apply. Applications are
due by Monday, February 2, 2015,
at 5 p.m. EDT. Awardees will be
announced in March 2015.
The application is posted at
surveys/?s=4e8aozPpqa. For more
information, contact Thomas Sors at