Dr. Murray Blackmore, assistant professor in the Biomedical Sciences department, received a $90,000 grant on February 18 from Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, an advocacy group working with researchers and patients of spinal cord injury to promote progress toward a cure.
The grant will be used to purchase a personal image cytometer – an automated microscope that uses computer algorithms to rapidly analyze complex images and collect detailed data from millions of cells in a process called High Content Screening.
Dr. Blackmore's lab will use the cytometer to analyze nerve cells similar to those damaged by spinal cord injuries, allowing them to rapidly test therapeutic agents for the ability to enhance neuron repairs. Image analysis that would typically take weeks or months to do manually can be done with this equipment in minutes, providing an accelerated rate of analysis and discovery of new potential therapeutics.
Read more about it in the Marquette Tribune.