The NeuroTechnology Studio is a platform of advanced instrumentation and expert support for brain research at BWH. Its overall mission is to advance understanding of brain function and brain disease by providing Brigham researchers with access to cutting-edge technologies, in areas that include microscopic imaging, cell screening, molecular profiling, and medicinal chemistry.
These are critical technologies for modern neuroscience research, and they have seen rapid advances in the past few years. By providing shared access to state-of-the-art instruments, the Neurotech Studio will ensure that BWH remains at the forefront of these new developments. In addition to equipment, the Studio’s expert technical staff provide training workshops and individual consultation to users, enduring that they are able to use these powerful instruments to their full advantage.
The Studio was launched in 2017 and its platforms will continue to develop over the next several years, in response to the needs of the research community and the opportunities presented by new and emerging technologies.
The Studio is located in the BWH Hale Building for Transformative Medicine. Most instruments are currently housed on the 9th, 10th or 11th floors, but many will be moved to a dedicated space on the 7th floor that is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
We are currently applying for status as an official Partners Core Facility, at which point the studio’s resources will be available to all BWH researchers on a fee-for-service basis, with priority given to those engaged in neuroscience research. The studio will also be open to external users, subject to availability.
Decisions on future instrument acquisitions and other priorities are guided by an Advisory Committee of BWH faculty members with expertise in the relevant technologies, who serve as representatives for the research community and its needs. For information about becoming a committee member, please contact Charles Jennings, Ph.D, Executive Director, Program for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Neurotech Studio has partnered with the Division of Radiology, Immunology and Allergy and the Evergrande Center to establish a single-cell RNA sequencing core, which is now open for business as a fee-for-service facility. See equipment for more details.
The Neurotech studio has acquired a FACSymphony analyzer, among the most powerful cell sorters on the market, with five lasers capable of analyzing up to 29 independent markers. The FACSymphony is operated in partnership with the existing flow cytometry core within the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Disease and is available to BWH users on a fee-for-service basis. See equipment for more details.