We are excited to announce that Dr. Patrick La Riviere is a member of an interdisciplinary team which won support for a Center for Microscopy Innovation by University of Chicago Strategic Advisory Committee.
The goal of the Strategic Advisory Committee's Interdisciplinary Research Proposal (IRP) process "is to foster the development of novel and innovative research programs in the biological and medical sciences by focusing strategically on proposals that span traditional departmental and disciplinary boundaries and that leverage the unique strengths of our University and its affiliates. We envision that most IRPs will be centered around strategic faculty recruitment but we are also open to proposals for innovative graduate education and/or enabling forums for faculty interaction, interdisciplinary training, or research infrastructure. The Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) was created to review and prioritize the IRPs and make recommendations for funding to Dean Polonsky."
The proposal for the Center for Microscopy Innovation, proposed by Patrick La Riviere (Radiology), Bill Green (Neurobiology), Michael Glotzer (MGCB), Narayanan ‘Bobby’ Kasthuri (Argonne/ Neurobiology) advocated that:
"The University has an opportunity to take a leading role in microscopic imaging by leveraging existing strengths of the BSD, PSD, and IME, as well as Argonne and the MBL. We propose a Center for Microscopy Innovation that will foster cross-collaborative research across the institution and its partners. The goal of the Center will be to develop tools to pursue previously intractable problems in neuroscience, cell biology, molecular engineering, and image science itself. A key first step will be to attract a faculty member who will focus on developing cutting-edge optical hardware and applying it to critical biological problems."
The Strategic Advisory Committee was "very enthusiastic about this proposal and the recruitment of a top imaging specialist. Discussions with an investigator are underway, as well as a planned visit in early March whose purpose will be to evaluate mutual interest, fit, and estimated costs to establish a Center for Microscopy Innovation."