This National Research Resource for Imaging Mass Spectrometry was founded at the Vanderbilt University Mass Spectrometry Research Center in 2011 with funds provided by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
The mission of this National Resource is to advance the technology of Imaging Mass Spectrometry, to facilitate the application of this novel imaging modality to problems of biological and clinical significance, and to promote the adoption of these technologies by a larger community of scientists and clinicians. Technology development is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers, both within the Resource and through collaborative relationships with other universities, research institutes, and private industry. Development milestones are guided by Driving Biological Projects that require specific advancements in Imaging Mass Spectrometry in order to address biological problems. By working together, we anticipate new insights into these biological systems and a better understanding of health and disease at the molecular level that translates to improved patient care.
The training mission of the Resource is accomplished through a variety of educational programs where Resource scientists and collaborators share their knowledge and experience with those interested in learning more about the technology.