The National Research Resource for Imaging Mass Spectrometry operates within the Mass Spectrometry Research Center at Vanderbilt University, directed by Professor Richard Caprioli. This facility is a comprehensive facility for mass spectrometry research. Among the many contributions made to the field of mass spectrometry, Vanderbilt University has been the leading developer of Imaging Mass Spectrometry for over a decade for both biological and clinical applications. The Mass Spectrometry Research Center encompasses over 40 full-time scientists and has more than 40 mass spectrometers. The Center consists of four groups: R&D laboratories, proteomics core laboratory, small molecule core laboratory, and the biocomputational group.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's biomedical research program has earned its place among the nation's top 10 academic medical centers for National Institutes of Health research funding. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, the Psychiatric Hospital, and the Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals received more than 48,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2009. Vanderbilt's adult and pediatric outpatient clinics treated more than 1.2 million patients during this same period.