About the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research
The Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison embraces a new way of doing science.
The building is designed to encourage unique gatherings of scientists from different disciplines to address urgent health problems of common concern.
The Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research is a three-phase project that ultimately will consist of three towers.
First Tower Focuses on Cancer Research
The first tower contains the headquarters of the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Entire floors are dedicated to prostate and breast cancer research as well as hematologic and pediatric oncology.
Floors three and four are dedicated to researchers working on cancers affecting children and cancers of the blood, lungs, head and neck.
Orthopedics, regenerative medicine and surgery researchers are on the fifth floor.
Below ground, two floors provide a home for the world-class programs in imaging and radiation sciences, important in moving research from the lab to the bedside.
The upper level is home to the UW Hospital and Clinics outpatient radiotherapy unit, where patients receive diagnosis and treatment, connecting the cutting-edge treatments being done at UW Health and the research taking place at the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.
The medical physics department, along with numerous collaborators from the radiology department, occupy the lower floor, which is specially structured to be vibration-free. With tools ranging from three-dimensional microscopy to a new, 30-ton cyclotron and linear accelerator for PET molecular imaging studies and research, activity on this floor includes the latest advances in medical imaging.
Second Tower Under Construction
With the first tower and the base of the second completed, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has turned its full attention to the second tower of the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.
A key component of this project is one floor dedicated to a new Eye Research Institute, where basic and clinical scientists will be located together, thereby enhancing collaborations and translation of results to patients.
The McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research will move into tower two, bringing together 18 separate oncology department lab groups focusing their attention on cancer and new cancer therapies.
The remaining floors of the second tower will include research programs in neuroscience, cardiovascular science, regenerative medicine and broadly focused molecular medicine research.
These programs will synergistically benefit from the shared resources of animal care, imaging science and proteomics developed as part of the first tower. Taken together, the two towers of the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research represent an entirely new mode of scientific investigation for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and related faculty.