Project 1: The Mouse Brain Library Project 2: Internet Microscopy (iScope) Project 3: Neurocartographer and Segmentation of the MBL Project 4: The Neurogenetics Tool Box














Principal Investigator/Program Director Williams, Robert W.

  Institutional support for this Program Project

The University of Tennessee, Memphis, has made a strong commitment to mouse neuroscience in general, and to this research project in particular. Institutional funds have provided direct financial support for work that has led up to this submission, including over $20,000 spent on the iScope prototype. The Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Michael Dockter, is pushing our efforts forward with enthusiasm, and he has made the following commitments on behalf of the Dean of the School of Medicine.

1. A new genotyping center headed by R. Williams will be established on campus. This genotyping center will have the capacity to generate over 200,000 genotypes per year and will be ready in the middle of Year 01. Over $150,000 will be expended by UT Memphis for equipment to supply the center. Our program project will have a guaranteed access to no less than 100,000 genotypes per year. This strong institutional support means that we do not need to request any funds for equipment for genotyping the extremely large intercross that will be used in all four projects.

2. UT Memphis has designated approximately 500 square feet of newly renovated laboratory and office space for use by the Internet microscope project (Project 2) starting in Year 02, a time at which we expect to have four microscopes online full time.

3. UT Memphis has agreed to purchase up to $40,000 worth of equipment in Year 01 that is required by all four projects and to continue investing up to $30,000/year for the duration of the grant.

4. UT Memphis has agreed to provide state-of-the-art high-bandwidth Internet connections for all web and video servers. At a minimum, all machines will have 100BaseT connections, but if demand continues to rise, our servers will be connected directly to the gigabit Ethernet backbone.