Neuroscience Imaging Center at OHSU

  • Aicher, Sue (PI)
  • Cornea, Anda (PI)
  • Keller, Thomas (PI)
  • Kayton, Robert (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


We propose to establish a Neuroscience Imaging Center at OHSU that will provide state-of-the-art
instrumentation for electron, fluorescent, and confocal microscopy as well as expertise in designing and analyzing imaging experiments. The Neuroscience Imaging Center will have 3 cores: 1) a Live-cell Imaging
Core, 2) a Confocal Core, and 3) an EM Core. The major instrumentation and expertise necessary for
establishing these cores exist already at OHSU. However, the lack of fully staffed cores for these
microscopes prevents efficient and reliable use of these instruments by NINDS investigators. The
Neuroscience Imaging Center will provide the dedicated staff for these microscopes to enhance and
facilitate the research by NINDS investigators at OHSU. An advisory committee, aided by an administrative core, will oversee the operations of the Center, review and optimize the effectiveness of the component cores, and manage the fiscal aspects of the Center. The three cores will function together as a truly integrated facility from experimental design, to performance, to data analysis. Instrumentation resources will be located on both the West and Marquam Hill campuses, thereby serving the entire OHSU neuroscience community. Drs. Sue Aicher and Gary Banker will serve as co-Directors of the Center;each Director brings unique scientific and technical qualifications and experience in managing shared facilities.
The Center Directors will provide front-end consultation with the investigators, refining experimental
questions and fomnulating optimal technical approaches for individual experiments. Three Core Managers and technical staff will operate the major instrumentation, train new users, and provide full service experiments for some investigators. Training opportunities will be available to serve principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Neuroscience is the centerpiece of research at OHSU, the Imaging Center will bring cutting-edge imaging to the 23 NINDS-funded research programs identified in this proposal, as well as our NINDS-funded trainees. The Neuroscience Imaging Center will catalyze focused
interactions within our entire neuroscience community.
Effective start/end date7/1/096/30/20


  • National Institutes of Health: $321,138.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $719,012.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $746,399.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $766,881.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $755,575.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $615,998.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $714,853.00


  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)


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