Center For Advanced Molecular Imaging
Big as Life.
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Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI)
The Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI) is housed in the new Richard & Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics & Diagnostics in the heart of Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. On the lakefront. Bathed in natural light. Here we’re driving interdisciplinary research that’s bridging the gap between basic science and science-based medicine.

You are cordially invited to join us.
Who built this house? A molecule called pregabalin, that’s who.
Discovered by a university committed to reinvesting to advance the
life sciences and accelerate the development of human medicines.
Molecular imaging is all about the image. So CAMI gives you a room with a view like no other. Our visualization engineers use ultra high-speed microprocessors and powerful graphic engines to render 3D images of lifelike clarity and character. About 52 million pixels tiled across twenty-five 46-inch monitors. Interact with your image by desktop workstation or iPad controller.
Look at it this way. You’ll be truly amazed when we
add a dose of Hollywood magic to your experiment.
Sneak previews now showing.
We look forward to hosting you and your team at CAMI. Or we can bring CAMI to you. We’re fully wired for web teleconferencing with HD video. Everything we do here you can see there. Because the better we all see and hear, the better we all may understand—and the faster we can get on with your important work.
Step right in. Pull up a chair. Or plug into CAMI
via the web. It’s the next best thing to being here.
Bench to Bedside
One goal focuses our efforts. Like you, we aim to better understand life processes so we can help speed the discovery and development of new human medicines. Advanced molecular imaging advances our common cause. Together we see and learn. Together we bridge the gap between basic science and science-based medicine.
CAMI works shoulder to shoulder with Northwestern University chemistry,
biology, and engineering. The Lurie Cancer Center. And of course the
Feinberg School of Medicine. Because the patient is waiting.
MRI is the core of CAMI. Our 9.4T multinuclear system features laser subject positioning for timecourse studies and powerful gradients for hardware-intensive spectroscopy, diffusion imaging, and high-resolution experiments. Our high-throughput 7T enables rapid setup for anatomical imaging. Both include killer software apps. Choose your weapon.
For the ne plus ultra of in vivo imaging, we bring the big magnets.
Somewhere Tesla is smiling.
Nuclear Imaging
Small animal nuclear imaging(Single Photon Emission Tomography and Positron Emission Tomography), with off-the-shelf radiotracers, gives insight into physiology, pathology, and biochemistry. With custom probes and advanced image analysis, CAMI can help you visualize pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.
With microSPECT you get a 3D functional image
tailor-made for CAMI visualization.
CAMI’s whole-body optical imaging system highlights cells and probes in the blue to near-infrared (NIR) range. Reporter gene technology is ideal for cell tracking, tumor studies, and nanoparticle colocalization. High-sensitivity quantitative imaging. Advanced tomographic 3D analysis. Image a single cell or as many as five mice with a 23cm field of view.
See disease pathways, mechanisms of
action, and therapeutic efficacy in living
animals. Insights abound in creatures aglow.
Imagine imaging proteins in live cells, engineered biomaterials, novel therapeutics, and other inventions. See fluorescent sources in fishes and rodents in vivid color. Look more deeply into tissue using near-infrared wavelengths. Illuminate with more speed from the top (epi) or with more sensitivity from the bottom (trans). Our instrumentation features ten 30nm excitation and eighteen 20nm emission filters.
Full-blown beauty. Life itself. It’s in our DNA to romance
such images in exquisite and meaningful detail.
What’s molecular imaging without probes? There’s no compound we can’t handle for you right here. Bring your own. Or we can synthesize just about anything from scratch in our full-service chemistry lab at the Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery (CMIDD). Our one-stop shop has all the bells and whistles. Enjoy our team’s expert support and help if you need it.
Warning: You may grow to envy our facility for its sheer size,
top-drawer equipment, special amenities, and talented staff
Cell Culture
We’ve dedicated an entire room to serving all your cell and tissue culture needs. Fully equipped with chemical fume and laminar flow hoods. Two incubators. Microscope, microcentrifuge, and vortex mixer. Water baths. Benchtop space to spare. Plenty of refrigerator/freezer storage. Everything you’ll need to make CAMI your home away from home.
Visiting researchers always appreciate our thoughtfully designed
processing and storage facilities. It’s the little things.
Animals may stay in style at CAMI for up to six weeks. Individually ventilated cubicles hold microisolator cage racks, one for mice and one for rats. Prep for imaging and other procedures in rooms nicely equipped with stereomicroscopes, stereotaxic frames, micro drills, water blankets, hot bead sterilizers, and consumables.
Who loves a rat? Who cares for this mouse? A house full of veterinary
staff fully trained in such matters.
CAMI houses several powerful microscopes for optical imaging of cells and tissues. Coupling a two-photon laser to our upright and inverted confocal microscopes gives you deeper tissue penetration than standard microscopy. Image live cells on our environment-controlled stage. Detect cancer cells earlier than ever before. Perform small-animal endoscopy. Gain real experimental flexibility.
In Van Leeuwenhoek’s dreams.
CAMI is part of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) and shares Silverman Hall with its Proteomics Center of Excellence (PCE), Developmental Therapeutics Core (DTC), Quantitative Bioelemental Imaging (QBIC), and Centers for Developmental Therapeutics (CDT), Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery (CMIDD), Biological Imaging Facility (BIF), Computation, Modeling, and Bioinformatics (CMBC), and Scanned Probe Imaging and Development (SPID). We work closely with the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) and with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
Northwestern University also collaborates with the University of Chicago
and the University of Illinois at Chicago, our distinguished partners in the
Chicago Biomedical Consortium.
Elemental Analysis (QBIC)
Images are beautiful, but scientists need numbers.

The Quantitative Bio-element Imaging Center offers up trace metal analysis and high resolution elemental mapping, alongside a microwave digester for stubborn samples.
Heavy metal like you've never seen it before.
Microscopy (BIF)
The Biological Imaging Facility houses a variety of powerful microscopes for optical imaging of cells and tissues. Freezers and slicers for optimal sample prep. Software for image analysis.

Take a closer look at the building blocks of life.

Prepare. Capture. Analyze.
Contact Us
We’re eager to learn more about your research and how the Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging might help.
+1 847 467 4845
Northwestern University
Silverman Hall, East Tower, Suite 1529
2170 Campus Drive
Evanston, Illinois 60208

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Thomas Meade
Director of CAMI
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