The ICMR is located in purpose-built and state of the art research laboratories which bring together scientists from a wide range of disciplines. Within this research environment researchers have access to cutting-edge facilities that support the spectrum of cardiovascular and metabolic research - ranging from cell and molecular biology approaches, cell and organ culture, through to models of disease and human studies. These include access to in vitro and in vivo imaging technologies, advanced microscopy, and tissue culture suites located within the Centre for Cardiovascular Imaging and the Hopkins Microscopy Suite. Off-campus the university has access to the MRC Harwell, which is an international centre for mouse genetics.
Human studies within the ICMR are supported by the Hugh Sinclair Nutrition Unit, a clinical unit that enables the physiological impact of dietary change, and the effect of this on cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk to be studied. We also have access to the 3T Siemens Trio MRI medical imaging scanner suite located in the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics.
Our cardiovascular and metabolic research is also supported by platform technologies within the Chemical Analysis Facility which include proteomics, biological mass spectrometry, surface plasmon resonance analysis, electron microscopy, functional magnetic resonance imaging with cardiovascular capabilities, nuclear magnetic resonance, and thermal and X-ray analysis. Structural biology studies are supported by X-ray diffraction facilities on campus as well as strong links with the nearby DIAMOND synchrotron light source.
Other equipment available in ICMR laboratories or on campus include multi-mode microplate readers, real-time PCR, non-focal laser scanners for biomolecular imaging applications, spectrophotometers , FPLC and HPLC chromatography.