Superconducting Magnet Facility

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In 2003, the university received a grant award of $2 million from the National Institutes of Health for the purchase of a new superconducting magnet. The university has a number of other such magnets, which are used as research tools by the chemistry and biochemistry departments.

The new unit allows faculty to look at the structure and motion of health-related proteins with a detail not possible on other magnets at the university or elsewhere in the Boston area. This is an area of fundamental research targeted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to better understand how drugs and potential drugs work at the most basic level (that of atoms and molecules) by interacting with their target proteins.

The NIH chose the university for this facility because of the expertise that exists here: Brandeis has five chemistry and biochemistry faculty members who are world experts in this area, and has operated a very successful magnet research program for the past 25 years.

A new facility to house this research tool was constructed adjacent to the Nessel Academic Center (the Golding Health Center) in the space framed by Nessel/Golding, Stoneman and Mailman. The facility was designed by Payette Associates Architects, a nationally recognized architectural and planning firm with extensive experience in the planning and design of science buildings and hospitals.

Construction began in January 2005 and was completed at the end of August 2005.