Wayne State University

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Mission Statement

The MR Research Facility (formerly known as the Vaitkevicius Magnetic Resonance Center) is committed to the development of the MR methods and their application in the preclinical and clinical subjects to better understand human physiology and disease. The MR Research Facility will promote the use of magnetic resonance-based methods to the Wayne State University (WSU) scientific community and support the implementation of MR methods through education, assistance in experimental design, and data collection and analysis.

History of the Vaitkevicius Magnetic Resonance Center

The Vaitkevicius MR Center opened in 1987 with the support and backing of Harper Hospital and donations from hospital employees and medical staff. It was named in honor of Vainutis Vaitkevicius, M.D. a world renowned oncologist and researcher. The original Center contained an entire research division as well as a clinical division clinical. The research division was first headed by William Negendank, M.D. who recognized the potential of the new MRI technology in the field of oncology research. Contained in the original research division were two instruments a 4.7 T Bruker scanner used for base research and a 1.5T Siemens scanner used for human research. Also supporting the research division were fully equipped chemistry, tissue and electronic labs. Within a short amount of time the facility attracted other MR visionaries and scientists who in turn provided guidance to a number of graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees.

When Dr. Negendank left, Renate L. Soulen, M.D. became Director of both clinical and research MRI. Under her leadership the research facility expanded its number of support personnel and scope of research. Jeffrey L. Evelhoch, Ph.D. became director of the MR research facility in 1995. His strong MR research background complemented the facility research and educational goals. Under his leadership the research facility expanded when Wayne State University purchased a 4T human magnet, the first one in Michigan. When Dr. Evelhoch left in August 2002 he was replaced by E. Mark Haacke, Ph.D. yet another MR visionary whose expertise continues to guide and direct the facility as core service center of Wayne State University. The facility is capable of providing investigators with the latest technologies, expertise and support staff to facilitate their research.