Education - Research Centers, Libraries and Other Resources

Children’s Research Institute
The Children’s Research Institute is a 298,000 square foot facility which provides shared research space and two wings of laboratories, one for Children's Research Institute and the other for the Medical College's Translational and Biomedical Research Center.  Founded in 2004, Children's Research Institute provides infrastructure and support for pediatric basic science research and clinical research at Children's Hospital. 

Health Research Center
The Health Research Center (HRC), opened in 1998, is a 169,000-square-foot facility that serves as the front door to the College. The HRC includes an auditorium with state-of-the-art communication technology, a teleconferencing room with satellite capabilities, additional small-group teaching spaces, and research laboratories. The HRC also houses the College's Human and Molecular Genetics Center, the Health Policy Institute and the expanded medical library. The library includes an increased number of data ports to connect to the internet, a new media center, additional group study rooms, and increased individual study areas.

Medical Education Building
The Medical Education Building (MEB) provides a variety of learning settings and accommodates classes of 200+ students. It contains two large modern auditoriums, the Alumni Center, 48 multi-use teaching spaces (MUTS), student services, a newly renovated computer-aided instruction lab, cafeteria, student lounges, a recently expanded exercise center, the College's administrative offices, and one entire floor of research space.

Todd Wehr Library
The Todd Wehr Library, along with its branches located at Froedtert and Children's hospitals on the Medical College campus, ranks as a major health sciences research library and is a leader in implementing new electronic technologies in information management. The current collection consists of 250,000 volumes and subscriptions to 1,400 biomedical journals.

The Library offers an electronic Medical Information Network, which provides access to holdings from other libraries, as well as national and international databases. As a result, students and faculty have convenient access to a number of health-related bibliographic databases and full-text electronic books and journals from home, office or library.

Special facilities for library users include a Microcomputer Center, an Audiovisual/Media Center, and the History of Medicine/Archives Center. The Library staff provides an ongoing series of workshops in computer literacy, the internet, and information management.

Computer-Aided Instruction (CAI) Labs have been expanded and relocated within the Medical Education Building. The new CAI facility accommodates approximately 110 workstations. The workstations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All computers enable access to a wide range of lab-specific and web-based instructional materials, e-mail, the Microsoft Office Professional suite, and other applications, including desktop conferencing, which allows campus-based students to interact with off-campus colleagues. All web-based educational materials are available to students from home via electronic connections.

Basic Science Building
The Education and Basic Science wings are distinctly separate, yet connected - providing medical students with convenient accessibility to faculty in the basic science departments.

The Basic Science Building, connected to the Medical Education Building, houses the research laboratories and department offices of biochemistry; cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy; microbiology and molecular genetics; pharmacology and toxicology; and physiology.

MACC Fund Research Center
The College's MACC Fund Research Center is connected to the Medical Education and Basic Science Buildings. The six-story 141,000-square-foot research center is named after the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer), a Milwaukee-based organization dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer research. The MACC Fund Research Center houses:

  • laboratories of the Cancer Center of the Medical College, including its pediatric component, the Midwest Children's Cancer Center,
  • the department offices of pediatrics,
  • research laboratories for various clinical departments,
  • the Biophysics Research Institute, home of the National Biomedical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Center. The EPR Center is identified by the National Institutes of Health as the largest, most comprehensive facility of its kind in the country

MRI Research Facility
The MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Research Facility is connected to the MACC Fund Research Center. It houses a three-tesla system. This powerful instrument is used for experimental MRI and spectroscopic research. It is one of a few instruments in the country suited to the Medical College's world-renowned biophysics research specialty, real-time functional brain imaging (fMRI).

The Eye Institute
The Eye Institute is the only facility in southeastern Wisconsin devoted exclusively to eye care, graduate medical education in ophthalmology and vision research. Thousands of patients are served annually by its clinics, operating suites and special diagnostic services. The Eye Institute, whose clinical operations are managed by Froedtert Hospital, contains research laboratories and faculty offices for the Medical College's Department of Ophthalmology. It also serves as a regional referral center. Patients are referred by ophthalmologists from all parts of Wisconsin and throughout the nation.

Froedtert & Medical College Laboratory
The offices of the faculty of the Department of Pathology are in the Laboratory building directly across from the Medical College on Connell Avenue. This building houses the laboratories of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and was opened in August 2000. It is a thoroughly modern clinical laboratory facility in which approximately 2.5 million patient samples are processed each year. The lab serves patients at Froedtert Hospital as well as hospitals and physicians throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.

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