The Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering is an umbrella organization that enhances the biomedical science and engineering research activities at Illinois Tech. Pritzker develops and coordinates relationships and programs with traditional science and engineering departments within the university, as well as with outside institutions, especially Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago.
In 1982 the Pritzker Institute was established with an endowment from Robert A. Pritzker (IE ’46). Beginning as a primarily research-oriented organization, the institute was directed by Robert Arzbaecher and focused its research activities in the areas of electrophysiology and rehabilitative medicine. In 2001 Vincent Turitto became the director and began to expand Illinois Tech's involvement in biomedical research. A Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) was created in 2002, including both a graduate and an undergraduate program at the university.
Five centers currently operate within the Pritzker Institute.
- Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT)
- Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering Research (CINNR)
- Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education (ECDRE)
- Medical Imaging Research Center (MIRC)
- Center for Molecular Study of Condensed Soft Matter (uCoSM)
BioCAT is a National Institutes of Health-supported X-ray facility located at the Advanced Photon Source in Argonne, Illinois, for the study of partially ordered and disordered biological systems.
CINNR is a joint venture with the University of Chicago and involves more than 40 faculty from both institutions with interests in neuroscience, neuroengineering, computer science, imaging, and various medical disciplines related to the brain and its sensory organs.
ECDRE is the first engineering center devoted to the treatment and cure of diabetes. The center is formally situated at Illinois Tech and involves faculty from the BME, MMAE, and CHBE departments. ECDRE collaborates with faculty, medical investigators, and clinicians at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.
MIRC resides within Illinois Tech and is staffed primarily by faculty from the BME and ECE departments. MIRC faculty develop novel imaging algorithms and imaging techniques for better detection and diagnosis of pathologies. It has numerous linkages with medical centers, including the University of Chicago.
uCoSM is staffed by faculty from the CHBE department. The center conducts research into the connection between molecular structure and macroscopic properties of condensed soft matter, both synthetic and biological.