Iowa Governor, Lt. Governor Briefed on Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging at New Pappajohn Medical Discovery Building

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds received a briefing on the College of Engineering's Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging during a visit May 20 to the university's campus. They toured the new John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB), which is scheduled to open in June and will house the institute.

The institute, which will be located in the building's lower level, will house a 7 Tesla MRI scanner. This powerful imaging tool, one of only about 20 of these devices in the U.S., will provide the clearest pictures to date of the microstructures and biological processes that drive human bodies and brains.

The institute's director is Milan Sonka, professor of electrical and computer engineering and associate dean for graduate programs and research.

During the visit, Staff Council and Faculty Senate leaders—both current presidents are from the Carver College of Medicine—discussed with Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds how continued state funding has helped UI faculty and staff be successful, and highlighted how collaboration across all of the university's colleges fosters entrepreneurial activity and economic development.

The visit included presentations from faculty, staff, and students who are actively engaged in developing and commercializing discoveries to improve human health.