The Biomedical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility received three new high-powered magnets that will further biomedical research at the University of Minnesota.
The magnets – weighing roughly 6,000 pounds, 15,000 pounds and 18,000 pounds each – had to be moved and placed in the facility without the slightest degree of error in order to ensure proper functioning. The move required dozens of workers and three specialized engineers from across the world to oversee the placement of the magnets.
Once completely installed, the high-powered technology will be available to 20 departments and provide support to more than 200 users on the University campus. Because the magnets allow for a closer look at conditions at the molecular level, the technology will allow researchers to continue to make advances in the fight against diseases such as HIV, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.