University of Wisconsin–Madison

Collaboration

We are fortunate to work in a setting that permits us to collaborate with several highly creative investigators.

Biomedical Engineering Laboratory

We work closely with the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory which offers space, equipment and personnel. A special thanks to the van der Weide Laboratory, whose collaborative efforts have been instrumental in our laboratory research.

Medical Instrumentation Laboratory

This facility is equipped with a full range of electrical engineering test equipment and parts for design and testing of electronic circuits, including oscilloscopes, signal generators, power sources, multimeters, etc. It also has specialized thermocouple amplifiers for measuring temperature in the presence of high RF fields. Also available are flow rigs for simulating flow though vessels, and RF ablation generators. The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical Engineering departments both provide parts shops, where a wide range of electric, electronic and electromechanical parts are readily available in addition to equipment for mechanical construction.

The van der Weide Laboratory

This lab is well-equipped with a full suite of microwave instrumentation (network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, synthesizers, power amplifiers, etc) and computational resources to carry out the goals of building and optimizing the catheters as well as the power sources for this work.

Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (Computer Modeling)

A HP C180 workstation with 1152 MB of RAM and 34 GB of disk space is available in the Department of Engineering for finite element method (FEM) modeling. Also in engineering are several SUN and HP UNIX workstations as well as multiple desktop PCs and a laptop computer for data acquisition and processing. Further, the school of engineering provides several computer laboratories (both UNIX and PC), where computers are updated regularly. In the Radiology Research Laboratory and in Dr. Mahvi’s lab in the Department of Surgery, each lab contains multiple Pentium III and IV-based or Macintosh computers and laser printers for data acquisition, processing, and storage as well as for word-processing. All labs are connected via high-speed ethernet connections to the University’s overall computer system for Internet access including World Wide Web resources, email, and library resources. All Departments have internal LAN-based intranet systems set up enabling disk sharing and automatic backup as well as shared printer capabilities.

Animal Resources

AAALAC-accredited facilities for the acquisition, boarding, surgical manipulation, and veterinary care of animals are provided and regulated by the Research Animals Resource Center (RARC) on a fee for service basis. Animals are maintained by RARC in pressurized, climate controlled, automatic light-cycled modern facilities located in several sites around campus including the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC) and McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research (MLCR) buildings. The new Keck Laboratory being built in the Waisman Center will have its own animal facility as well. In addition to these facilities, the College of Veterinary Medicine is located between the UWCCC and MLCR buildings and the Harlow Primate Lab, an NIH-funded, regional primate facility, is located in the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology near MLCR as well.