Sign-up for tours at The Commons Hotel Registration Desk.
Departure will be from the Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. You will be escorted to the facility.
Click on each tour facility name below for more information:
Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST)
is the associated research branch of SimPORTAL (Simulation PeriOperative Resource for Training and Learning), the simulation center for the University of Minnesota Medical School. The mission of CREST is to be a world leader in the research and development of novel curricula and simulation models to drive the future of healthcare professional education.
At the heart of our simulation work is an innovative method for building accurate, 3D reconstructions of human anatomy. Using real patient MR and CT data as reference models, and cadaveric photography for accurate texturing, our lab can construct any organ system, catered specifically to any patient, condition, or surgical procedure. Our method allows us to build organ systems in a variety of resolutions, ranging from low end meshes ideal for volumetric simulation, to high end meshes used for photo realistic animation and illustration. We also have an artificial tissue lab with analogue models benchmarked against our human tissue database. CREST is also the host and for live 3D visualization, recording, and streaming between the FV operating rooms, the Medical School and the Medical Devices Center.
Characterization Facility (CharFac)
The CharFac provides academic and industrial partners access to state-of-the-art characterization methods which measure material properties from the micron- to the sub-nanometer scale. Our staff has extensive experience with the materials characterization of medical devices using light, x-rays, scanning probe and electron beam methods. We do both open research and proprietary work, and can perform the experiments for you or train you on the use of our extensive instrumentation: scanning and transmission electron microscopes, x-ray scattering/diffraction, Raman and Infrared spectroscopy and microscopy, surface analytical along with an extensive range of atomic force microscopy and nano-indentation methods.
Experimental Surgical Services (ESS)
At Experimental Surgical Services, we are experts in designing and conducting the appropriate research to determine the safety and efficiency of medical devices. We have more than 25 years experience in pre-clinical assessment for the medical industry. In fact, we are the industry leader in researching and testing cardiac devices and surgical techniques. We complete more than 500 open heart procedures a year and more than 1,500 procedures annually. ESS is directed by Richard W. Bianco who has 25+ years of experience in the pre-clinical assessment of virtually every animal model. The ESS staff, of in-house surgeons, work with device companies to develop and validate research methods, provide consultation as necessary and offer interpretative and technical support.
Interactive Visualization Lab (IV Lab)
IV Lab research involves data visualization, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction. Current projects include visualization of time-varying (motion) data, large-scale data visualization, perceptually optimized visualization, 3D user interfaces, haptics, and pen and multi-touch input techniques. Our work is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, grants from industry, and the University of Minnesota.
The research group includes about 10 undergraduate and graduate students. The IV lab in Keller Hall is equipped with high-end graphics workstations that drive a series of innovative visual displays and interactive devices. Major equipment includes a Multi-Surface, Multi-Touch Virtual Reality Environment and a 3D Haptic (Force-Feedback) Display. We also work regularly with the visualization facilities at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.
Medical Devices Center (MDC)
The Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota is a unique interdisciplinary program that resides within the Institute for Engineering in Medicine. The MDC aims to strengthen interdisciplinary research among faculty in the health sciences and engineering in areas specifically related to medical devices. The center trains the next generation of medical device inventors (including the Innovation Fellows Program) and fosters new relationships with the medical device industry and government agencies to improve health care worldwide. The tour will highlight the 8,000 square foot. facility that is configured to promote interdisciplinary medical device development including needs assessment, creative brainstorming, prototyping and testing. Additional tour times: Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Minnesota Nano Center (MNC)
The Minnesota Nano Center is a state-of-the-art facility for interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and applied nanotechnology. The Center offers a comprehensive set of tools in two clean rooms for fabricating new micro- and nanoscale devices, such as integrated circuits, advanced sensors, and microfluidic systems. The Nano Center is also equipped to support nanotechnology research that spans many science and engineering fields, in areas as diverse as cell biology, high performance materials, and biomedical device engineering. This interdisciplinary work takes place in two new specialized labs to support interdisciplinary research in bio-nanotechnology and nano/micrometer-scale materials. Tour attendees will see the Nano Center’s new Class 100 clean room and its fabrication tools, as well as our new applications labs devoted bio-nanotechnology and nanomaterials.
The Visible Heart Laboratory (VH Lab)
World-renowned researcher Paul Iaizzo, PhD, has been at the University of Minnesota since 1990, performing research and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. In 1997, Dr. Iaizzo and his coworkers created the Visible Heart® laboratory in collaboration with Medtronic, Inc. Today, this lab is a premiere place to perform translational systems physiology research that ranges from cellular and tissue studies to organ and whole body investigations. The VH Lab also has a unique human heart library. The Visible Heart® lab embodies a creative atmosphere which is energized by some of the best and brightest students at the University. Our lab staff has more than 100 years of collective research experience and functions as a highly efficient and productive team.