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2019 University of Minnesota Lab & Center Guided Tours

Sign-up for tours at the DMD Conference Registration Desk

 

Bioprinting Facility
ONLY Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis

The University of Minnesota’s 3D Bioprinting Facility provides training and assistance with all bioprinting needs including design files, printing, cell culture, hydrogels, biomechanical testing, and post-print monitoring for studies of three-dimensionally printed tissue constructs. We synthesize synthetic and natural biomaterials for use as “inks” in bioprinting projects, including decellularized extracellular matrix solutions. We employ a variety of bioprinting techniques and hydrogel crosslinking methods.


Characterization Facility (CharFac)
Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m., Depart from Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

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)
Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m., Depart from Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

At ESS, 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.


Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center (Bakken MDC)
Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m., Depart from Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

The Bakken MDC at the University of Minnesota is a unique interdisciplinary program that resides within the Institute for Engineering in Medicine. The Bakken 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.


Minnesota Nano Center (MNC)
Tuesday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m., Depart from Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

The MNC 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees will be required to wear clean-room coveralls and boots during this tour, please dress accordingly in slacks and closed toe shoes only. Limited to 20 attendees.


Visible Heart® Laboratories (VH Labs)
Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m., Depart from Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

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 VH Labs in collaboration with Medtronic. Today, these labs are a premiere place to perform translational systems physiology research that ranges from cellular and tissue studies to organ and whole body investigations. The VH Labs also have a unique human heart library. The VH Labs embody 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.


Wearable Technology Lab (WTL)
ONLY Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m., See below for transportation information

The Wearable Technology Lab (WTL) is an interdisciplinary research laboratory directed by Dr. Lucy Dunne and Dr. Brad Holschuh. Founded in 2009, WTL research focuses on the intersection between apparel and new technology: for instance, in expanding garment functionality through dynamic geometry and new sensing functions; in improving the way we use, manage, and consume clothing; and in streamlining the design and manufacturing processes of smart clothing and e-textile products. New technology opens new frontiers in understanding the human body, mind, and capability through pervasive sensing, actuation, and interaction. Many projects deal with translating technological potential into the real, everyday world: understanding human physical and emotional comfort and balancing these variables with tradeoffs of performance variables in a smart system design. Housed in the University of Minnesota's College of Design, WTL students hail from backgrounds in everything from aerospace engineering to fashion design, and are immersed in an integrated, multi- and inter-disciplinary research program.

Lab Location: 1985 Buford Avenue, 240 McNeal Hall, St Paul, MN; 612.624.9700

Transportation: Take the Campus Shuttle (free) which departs in front of Coffman and drops off relatively near McNeal on the St. Paul campus. Runs every 5-10 minutes.

Registration Opens Jan 2020


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