HMS Research Instrumentation Core Facility
The Research Instrumentation Core Facility enables the development of new scientific instruments in order to further research at Harvard Medical School and affiliated institutions. Special preference is given to projects intended to generate novel instruments for cutting-edge research in neuroscience and the root causes of neurological dysfunction.
The focus of the facility is the design and fabrication of electronic, optical, and mechanical devices, as well as software interfaces for these devices. The facility’s services include:
Facility staff can train research scientists in the design and fabrication of customized research instruments. The staff will organize and lead short training courses on specific topics.
Consulting and referral
Consultations may include design of hardware or software, purchasing decisions, or assistance with implementation.
Design and fabrication services
The facility staff can perform design and fabrication for those projects that are most appropriate to the facility’s mission and expertise.
Shared equipment and workspace
The facility provides tools and workshop space for authorized researchers to design and prototype their own electronics, optics, mechanical devices, and software.
Facility staff are knowledgeable about customized research instruments already in use in the community and are able to help interested researchers disseminate their ideas to other labs.