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SI PAGE GRAPHIC The Mission of the Section on Instrumentation is to provide comprehensive engineering support in a collaborative and synergistic environment for research as required by NIMH, NINDS and NICHD scientists.

The Section on Instrumentation Core Facility (formerly Research Services Branch) provides a staff of engineers and technicians to fabricate custom electronic, mechanical, and electromechanical devices and instruments for a full spectrum of biomedical applications. These services include (but are not limited to):

Technical Services Provided
  • Experienced staff of Engineers and Technicians
  • Fabricate custom electronic, mechanical, and electromechanical devices and instruments
  • Full spectrum of applications, from simple to complex mechanical and electronic systems
  • Long-term and immediate requests
  • Consultation with scientists

Electrical Engineering / Electronic Fabrication Services
  • Analog and Digital Design
  • Custom fabrication of electronic and electro-mechanical instrumentation
  • LabView Programming
  • MRI compatible cables and testing devices
  • Electrical noise reduction
  • COTS component selection guidance

Mechanical Engineering / Machine Shop Services
  • Fully equipped machine shop with a full complement of computer controlled and manual mills and lathes
  • Advanced CAD/CAM programming and applications
  • Custom electrophysiology component fabrication and design
  • MRI compatible component fabrication
  • Custom radiopharmaceutical instrumentation for radioactive hot cell research
  • Human, Non-Human Primate, Imaging, and Behavioral testing applications
  • Clinical based research support

History
Recognizing the technological intensity of neurological and behavioral research, the intramural divisions of NIMH, NINDS, and NICHD contributed personnel, space and operating budgets to form a technical support group (currently the Section on Instrumentation, NIMH). For over fifty years this arrangement has efficiently provided for the similar technical needs of these institutes through a centralized group. It has also cultivated the sharing of technical developments, to the benefit of each Institute’s programs.
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The Section on Instrumentation is a shared core facility within the Division of Intramural Research Programs, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NINDS, and NICHD and is a part the National Institutes of Health (NIH);, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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