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University of Minnesota Lab & Center Guided Tours

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Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center
Thursday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m., Depart from Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

In 2013, a new 11,000 square foot learning simulation environment opened for nursing education, research, professional development and interprofessional cooperation in Weaver-Densford Hall. The center is designed to reflect the future of health care delivery and nursing science. It includes:

  • State-of-the-art technology: Sophisticated high-tech facilities, integration of electronic health records and use of supportive technologies including mobile records systems and telehealth technology. Thirty-eight cameras make possible the observation, recording and review of simulations and exercises.
  • Simulated environments that span the continuum of care: including acute, critical, skilled, ambulatory and home care settings.
  • Designed for optimal team education and training experiences involving a range of health care professionals. The space was carefully planned by an inter-professional team for training and education.
  • Opportunities for the health care community: The School of Nursing welcomes community collaboration. Organizations may use the facility to simulate large-scale scenarios for training of hospital, university or community staff. Other organizations may be more interested in research, development and testing of products and processes in a contemporary health care environment.

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

The University of Minnesota’s Bioprinting Facility studies human cell viability, proliferation, migration, and differentiation, as well as tissue morphogenesis, in 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 12 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 12 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 10 at 10:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Thursday, April 12 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 10 at 10:00 a.m. Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Thursday, April 12 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.


The Visible Heart® Laboratory (VH Lab)
Tuesday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m., Depart from the DMD Conference Registration Desk, Graduate Minneapolis
Thursday, April 12 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 Lab 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 VH 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.


Graduate Minneapolis (formerly The Commons Hotel)

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