Research Core Revitalization Program funds upgrades to shared resources on campus

Projects from three research cores at the Waisman Center are among 17 UW core projects to receive grants from the Research Core Revitalization Program—an initiative with support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Awards range from $20,000 to $300,000.

Cores provide specialized equipment and expertise that benefit many individual research labs. These shared resources allow the university to support many investigators at once by maintaining and upgrading high-end instrumentation that would be cost-prohibitive for any single lab.  Each core supports dozens to hundreds of research programs. Support for these projects will strengthen campus research core capacities through the upgrade, replacement or duplication of heavily used shared research resources.

The Waisman core projects that will receive funding include:

Computing Resources for Rapid Reconstruction and Analysis of Next Generation Magnetic Resonance
Douglas Dean, assistant professor of pediatrics and medical physics
Steve Kecskemeti, associate scientist
 and staff magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) physicist at the Brain Imaging Core at the Waisman Center

Modernizing 6 Key Resources of the Waisman Center Rodent Behavioral Testing Service
Xinyu Zhao, professor of neuroscience and director of the Waisman Center Rodent Behavioral Testing Service (BTS)
Jules Panksepp, assistant researcher and manager of the
 Waisman Center Rodent Behavioral Testing Service (BTS)

Upgrade and Duplicate Audio/Video Recording Equipment for Behavioral Testing Suites
Leann Smith DaWalt, director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Clinical Translational Core at the Waisman Center
Carrie Arneson, manager of the Clinical Translational Core at the Waisman Center

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