The Medical College of Wisconsin Free Radical Research Center is a spin-off from the National Biomedical EPR Center, which was founded by Professor Harold Swartz in 1975 and subsequently funded as a Biotechnology Research Resource by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. James Hyde is the Director of the Research Resource. In 1988, the EPR Research Resource became part of the Molecular Biophysics branch of the Department of Biophysics.
The EPR Center played a vital role in promoting research activities related to both nitric oxide and oxy radical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Much collaboration were conceived in order to define and investigate the role of nitric oxide and oxy radicals in cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases. The EPR Center/Free Radical collaboration became a vital research component in many NIH-funded grant applications at the Medical College of Wisconsin and other institutions in the U.S.
In September 2000, the Medical College of Wisconsin Free Radical Research Center was created as part of the Department of Biophysics.
- To promote and stimulate free radical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
- To help acquire increased NIH and other extramural funding for the Medical College of Wisconsin researchers engaged in free radical and nitric oxide-related research.
- To promote increased collaborations in free radical research between basic scientists and clinical researchers.
Environment and Resources
The Medical College of Wisconsin Free Radical Research Center is unique because this center is closely associated with the EPR Research Resource and with an MRI facility. EPR is the only physical technique that can unambiguously detect free radicals in biological systems. State-of-the-art EPR facilities, fluorescence, and HPLC techniques are available at the Free Radical Research Center.