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University of Maryland partnership receives $7.9M from NIH for superconducting research magnet
Date:8/11/2010

of Maryland. "The extraordinary resolution of the results that can be generated with this new instrument will provide unparalleled insights into the structure, dynamics, and function of the proteins and nucleic acids that are critical to life, and that also play a role in many diseases for which effective treatments are still sought. The University of Maryland has recruited a team of NMR experts and users that are fully prepared to exploit the unique capabilities of this new resource to gain new insights into cellular function, to develop new approaches to treating some of society's most challenging diseases, and to work with the biotech community to translate these discoveries into new therapies."

The 22.3 Tesla superconducting magnet is so powerful that it creates a magnetic field approximately 400,000 times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field. Though the magnet is well shielded, researchers still take precautions when using it. The instrument initially will have 35 users - including 10 major core users - and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fushman anticipates that the three partner institutions will develop research collaborations and build a community of scientists who share their research results through an ongoing seminar series.


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Contact: Kelly Blake
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University of Maryland
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