Integrated Imaging Program


Few American medical schools can equal Einstein's strength in imaging. Thanks to a commitment to the College of Medicine from the EGL Charitable Foundation, Einstein's position as a leading imaging center has been enhanced by the EGL Charitable Foundation Integrated Imaging Program (IIP).

Images obtained through IIP reveal—with an astonishing level of detail—how complex diseases get started and progress in the body. This information will help scientists and clinicians target the molecular glitches responsible for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other major health problems.

The IIP, one of the first of its kind in the country, represents a major advance in the evolution of Einstein's two state-of-the-art imaging facilities—the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC) and the Gruss Lipper Biophotonics Center (GLBC). The facilities were established in 2000 and 2006, respectively, through the foresight and generosity of Einstein alumna Evelyn Gruss Lipper, M.D. '71. Both are located on the College of Medicine's Jack and Pearl Resnick campus. The IIP was established in 2012 to bridge these two imaging facilities. More recently the IIP has spread its bridge activities to include the Departments of Anatomy and Structural Biology, Epidemiology and Population Health, Radiology, Pathology and Oncology. Teams of basic and clinician scientists within these departments use the IIP as a bridge to develop new prognostics and companion diagnostics which are in clinical use.


Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center

The MRRC, first established in 2000 with a generous gift from the Gruss-Lipper Foundation, has recently been upgraded and outfitted with the most state-of-the-art imaging equipment, including the first Philips 3T TX MRI system to be installed in the United States, a completely renovated Varian 9.4T MRI magnet for animal imaging, and brand-new computing infrastructure for faculty, staff, students, and visiting researchers.

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Gruss Lipper Biophotonics Center

Located at the Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus, the center mandates are to: study and develop novel microscopy techniques that answer fundamental biological questions leading to cures for biomedical problems; make advanced and novel microscopy technologies, methods and reagents available to the research community; and support the education and training of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in advanced biophotonics techniques.

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In The News

The Scientist quotes Dr. John Condeelis about his lab’s new methods of studying animal models of cancer metastasis. (Friday, May 04, 2018)

New England Journal of Medicine highlights research by Drs. Maja Oktay, John Condeelis and George Karagiannis on the mechanism by which some breast cancer tumor cells resist chemotherapy and go on to metastasize. (Thursday, Dec 21, 2017)

STAT interviews Dr. John Condeelis about his role in a recent study that linked preoperative chemotherapy with activating the microenvironment of metastasis in breast cancer. (Monday, Jul 10, 2017)

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