Neuroscience and Engineering Collaboration Building
Wright State University is bringing together the scientists and physicians affiliated with the Neuroscience Institute and Wright State’s systems research engineers to create a unique synergy between biomedical research and engineering that has few parallels in the nation.
Pivotal to this synergy is the simple idea of regular contact and shared resources. By working shoulder-to-shoulder in a unique, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to laboratory research, scientists, engineers, and physicians will have an invaluable opportunity to generate and share innovative ideas, support one another’s work, and collaborate to achieve much more than they could in isolation.
Making the Dream a Reality
To make this dream a reality, Wright State is planning a cutting-edge Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building that will house leading engineers, neuroscientists, neurologists, fellows, and medical students working and learning collaboratively. Scientists have long understood that biological systems routinely function and perform tasks that are analogous to engineering systems, and this may be especially true for neural networks and circuits. In addition, biological systems have guided new developments in engineering.
The work being done by Wright State engineering faculty and the Wright State Research Institute, in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory, represents a tremendous collaborative opportunity in the human performance domain. Ongoing efforts in neuromedical imaging have the potential to transform the training and support capabilities of the military; and more interestingly, the research being done at this intersection of medicine and engineering has broader commercial applications. New opportunities to transition technology and commercialize it across multiple markets, such as those related to human performance, are being uncovered regularly by our faculty.
Solutions generated from these interdisciplinary research efforts will have dual use in both the clinical and human effectiveness domains in the Department of Defense sector. Ohio Research Scholars in medical imaging and sensors, as well as associated faculty, will conduct cuttingedge research to advance their fields and work in partnership with clinicians to focus on advanced technology development and commercialization, leading to Ohio’s prominence in developing innovative technologybased solutions in medicine, health care, and the Department of Defense.
A New, $37-million Home for Neuroscience and Engineering Collaboration
The catalyst for this exceptional work will be a new 90,000-square-foot facility to be constructed centrally within the biomedical and engineering research hub on the Wright State campus. The Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building will house laboratories and shared core infrastructure and state-of-theart equipment and research resources for engineers, scientists, physicians, students, and post-doctoral researchers. This signature building will be home to translational research and collaboration with highly integrated laboratories, core resources and interactive student spaces. A full 53,000-square-feet of the four-story building (including a basement) will be assigned to research. The ground breaking took place April 25, 2013, with occupancy proposed for 2015. This project will be made possible by a true public and private partnership, including public funds from the state of Ohio and potentially the federal government, bond issue, and private investments. There are multiple naming opportunities for donors with interests in pure research, neurology and the neurosciences, and engineering.
Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building ushers in new art at Wright State
3-D asterisks designed to mimic the firing of the brain’s neurons by creating complex, shifting patterns of light and shadow are part of a planned art installation that promises to inspire scientists, engineers and medical researchers who will work in the new Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration (NEC) Building on Wright State’s campus.