19-Ton Magnet Augments NIH MRI Facility

Magnet weighing 38,000 pounds lifts off from South Drive.
Magnet weighing 38,000 pounds lifts off from South Drive.

Lowered through a hatch in the roof of the NIH MRI Research Facility (NMRF) on Aug. 25—with only an inch to spare on each side—was the ninth and newest member of a family of huge magnets used to conduct magnetic resonance imaging studies in humans. The 7-Tesla, 19-ton behemoth required a 600-ton capacity crane, buttressed by a 75-ton support crane, to swing the magnet 170 feet from a flatbed truck parked on South Dr. to its new home in Bldg. 10 NMR Center, Rm. B1D305.

“It took 19 tractor-trailers to deliver the cranes and magnet to campus, but all went smoothly that sunny Saturday morning,” said Dr. Joelle Sarlls, a staff scientist in the NMRF. The sizeable effort was coordinated by Daniel Lid, a project officer in the Office of Research Facilities.

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Wachtel Awardees Discuss Advances in Cancer Genomics

Dr. Neville Sanjana
Dr. Neville Sanjana

It’s an exciting time to be a young scientist, as new technology keeps opening new doors to scientific discovery. Two NIH early-career investigators recently discussed their research on cancer genomics, made possible by the latest genetic and analytic tools.

“Early-career investigators are the future of our institution and of biomedical research,” said Dr. Tom Misteli, director of NCI’s Center for Cancer Research, at the recent CCR Grand Rounds in Lipsett Amphitheater. “We have reached a point where we actually do understand many of the basic principles and mechanisms [underlying cancer] with sufficient detail, so we can use that knowledge to translate it to the clinic.”

Misteli introduced the two researchers who recently received the Martin & Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award, splitting the $25,000 prize from the Wachtel endowment. Dr. Neville Sanjana of New York University and the New York Genome Center and Dr. Omer Yilmaz of the Koch Institute for Integrated Cancer Research at MIT, who both teach biology, described their findings at the AAAS-sponsored Wachtel Lecture, co-hosted by NCI.

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