Building the Multiscale Imaging Centre


August 2017: The basement and the lift shaft have now been prepared, …
© CiM - Friedemann Kiefer
  • … and the water and electricity mains for the building have been laid.
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  • July 2017: The foundation stone for the Multiscale Imaging Centre is laid! The coordinators at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence are delighted, as are some of the group leaders who will be doing research in the new building, as well as the Deans of the Faculties involved.
    © WWU - Christina Heimken
  • A time capsule is filled with daily newspapers, coins and building plans by representatives of the Ministry of Science of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the City of Münster, Münster University, the Construction and Real Estate Management Authority for NRW and the Gerber architectural practice …
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  • … and is then deposited in the foundation walls of the new building.
    © WWU - Christina Heimken
  • The Multiscale Imaging Centre (MIC) is being built at the heart of the natural and life sciences campus of the Münster University in Röntgenstraße.
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  • May 2017: Now it can really get going! Building permission has been granted and first stone laying is scheduled for 7 July 2017.
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  • The building site was first searched thoroughly for unexploded bombs from World War Two – luckily, none were found.
    © CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski
  • The construction site sign has already been up for some while.
    © CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski
  • February 2017: A touch of snow on the new building site
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  • This is how the Multiscale Imaging Centre will look when it is finished. In an area of 5,700 m2 with state-of-the-art laboratories, approximately 260 staff members will undertake research together under one roof. The construction costs, around 63 million euros, will be covered by the federal government, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Münster University.
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In the Multiscale Imaging Centre (MIC) that is scheduled to be completed in 2019, researchers will be bringing together a broad spectrum of biomedical imaging processes to be used in studying the behaviour of cells in organisms. The building gives a structural basis for the long-term establishment of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence research concept at the university.


“We do research to benefit patients”

© CiM - Peter Leßmann

Prof. Johannes Roth is investigating the causes of inflammatory reactions at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence. For many years he worked as a basic researcher and a paediatrician at the same time. His greatest aim is to discover basic mechanisms which can lead to diagnostic or therapeutic processes.


Complicated research: easy to understand!

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Do chemicals that we take up from the environment impair the function of sperm? This is what Dr. Christian Schiffer, a junior researcher at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, is investigating. He has received the KlarText Prize for an easy-to-understand article about his research work.


Preliminary round of Excellence Strategy

© CiM - Michael Kuhlmann

The German Research Foundation has announced a preliminary decision in the Excellence Strategy: “Cells in Motion” is one of the 88 Cluster candidates which can submit a full proposal for a new period of funding starting 2019. 195 draft proposals were submitted and reviewed in the first round.


“Sigma receptors are pretty unusual!”

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Prof. Bernhard Wünsch is passionate about Medicinal Chemistry. Within the framework of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence he is investigating novel receptor ligands. Furthermore, he aims to support junior researchers. His happiest moment as a scientist was the appointment of one of his habilitands to get a professorship.


One Million Euro in funding for research

© Ivan Bedzhov

Interdisciplinary research: At the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, ten new projects are receiving funding worth a total of around one million euros. Two team leaders from different disciplines work together on each project and contribute their creative ideas to it.


Making digital 3D images of tissue

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Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have developed a new method for producing digital 3D reconstructions of blood and lymphatic vessels from tissue samples and then creating images of them for analysis. The study has been published in the “JCI Insight” journal.