University of Wisconsin–Madison

Affiliated Centers

University of Wisconsin Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center

Beginning in 1995 with the first successful culturing of embryonic stem cells from non-human primates, and later with the isolation of the world’s first human embryonic stem cells, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been a leader in the companion fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. The UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center (SCRMC) is an umbrella organization operating under the School of Medicine and Public Health and the Graduate School. A number of faculty members of the Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology are also members of the SCRMC, which provides a central point of contact, information and facilitation for all stem cell research activities on campus. The center’s mission is to advance the science of stem cell biology and foster breakthroughs in regenerative medicine through faculty interactions, research support and education.

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Figure (right): Neural stem cells (arrowheads) and newly born neurons (arrow) in the developing mushroom body of the Drosophila brain (J. Plavicki and G. Boekhoff-Falk) (Click to enlarge)


University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Research Center

Cardiovascular research is an historically important aspect of research activities at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

In 1995, the UW Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) was established both to provide a focus for cardiovascular sciences and to facilitate our emergence as a national leader in cardiovascular research. Since then, faculty from seven schools and colleges have come together to invigorate a University-wide, interdisciplinary research focus in cardiovascular sciences. This is a much needed and important initiative because, despite considerable progress in this area, cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death of adult men and women in our nation.

The Cardiovascular Research Center brings together over 130 researchers, physicians and educators to focus on ways to prevent and treat cardiac problems. These investigators represent more than 30 specialties–from genetics, neuroscience, regenerative biology and preventive cardiology to cardiovascular surgery and more. They attack cardiovascular problems through basic research, clinical investigation, diagnosis, treatment and public education.

The CVRC facilitates the development of interdisciplinary research and training programs in cardiovascular sciences, with emphasis on both fundamental and translational research. Ultimately, the goal of a strong focus in cardiovascular biology is to translate research activity into improved understanding of disease processes and improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) is part of the National Primate Research Centers program funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1961.

Nearly all medical advances have depended on research with animals. Research with nonhuman primates often serves as a critical link between basic science and human clinical application. The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center is dedicated to conducting humane research with nonhuman primates to advance knowledge in primate biology and address human and animal health concerns.

The WNPRC’s mission is to increase our understanding of basic primate biology and to improve human and animal health and quality of life through research.

To accomplish this, WNPRC scientists and staff:

  • Help discover treatments, preventions and cures for human disease.
  • Generate new knowledge of primate biology, from the molecular and whole animal levels to the understanding of primate ecosystems.
  • Facilitate research progress by providing expertise, resources and training to scientists worldwide.
  • Collect primate information and disseminates to the research community and to the public.

The WNPRC is based in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The center has strong research and teaching links to the UW-Madison Schools or Colleges of Medicine and Public Health, Letters and Science, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine. The center is AAALAC accredited and its policies adhere to the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training.

The WNPRC has approximately 175 employees and serves more than 200 scientists and clinicians from around the world who conduct research in primate biology with relevance to human and animal health.

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University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center

The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center is committed to cutting-edge research to provide better treatment and cures for cancer. The Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) is designed to allow researchers to work with scientists from other disciplines, speeding the transfer of science to patients. In addition, the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research is dedicated to cancer research and conducts some of the most innovative research in this field.

The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) holds the unique distinction of being the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, the lead federal agency for cancer research. Every day on the UW – Madison campus, thousands of dedicated individuals work meticulously to find the best ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat cancer.

An integral part of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the UWCCC unites physicians and scientists who work together in translating discoveries from research laboratories into new treatments that benefit cancer patients.

More than 30,000 people are seen annually for diagnosis, therapy, follow-up care or consultations at UW Hospital and Clinics, as well as our other clinical locations.

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Waisman Center

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative disease. The Waisman Center Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Center facilitates the advancement and integration of behavioral and biological research by providing vital resources and services to investigators through four scientific cores. Additional services, including the design and preparation of scientific posters for conferences, and manufacturing and testing of biological pharmaceuticals for clinical trials, are also available.

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