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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Annual Report 2011

42 Forschungszentrum Jülich | Annual Report 2011 Ernst Ruska Centre (ER-C) Measuring time (days) allocated by ER-C on the electron microscopy instruments (three of which are Titan microscopes) 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Forschungszentrum Jülich 144 243 244 298 297 RWTH Aachen University 63 128 164 138 161 External users 79 203 284 294 266 Servicing and maintenance 82 119 132 132 178 Use of the 3 T MRI scanner by clinics and hospitals (hours/year) Users Clinic/Hospital Prime Time (08:00–16:45) Evening/weekend Total 1 Uni. Hosp. Cologne 131.75 131.75 2 DPP*, RWTH Aachen 182.00 23.75 205.75 * Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy With the ER-C, Forschungszentrum Jül- ich and RWTH Aachen University oper- ate a facility for atomic-resolution elec- tron microscopy and spectroscopy on the highest international level. At the same time, it is the first national user centre for high-resolution electron mi- croscopy. Around 50% of the measuring time on the three Titan microscopes (PI- CO, TEM, STEM) at ER-C is made availa- ble to universities, research institutions and industry. This time is allocated by a panel of experts nominated by the Ger- man Research Foundation (DFG). INM focuses on the structure and func- tion of the healthy and diseased human brain. It aims to understand the struc- tural and functional changes caused by neurological and psychiatric disorders and thus to improve their diagnosis and treatment. Scientists therefore work with imaging techniques such as struc- tural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission to- mography (PET), as well as hybrid sys- tems combing both MRI and PET. Sever- al instruments are at hand in order to facilitate the transfer of results from ba- sic research to clinical applications: 9.4 T MRI-PET (research), 9.4 T MRI (animal research), 4 T MRI, PET (re- search and clinical application), 3 T MRI, 3 T MRI-PET (clinical application). Some of the state-of-the-art instruments for medical imaging at Jülich are also available to external researchers. The magnetic resonance imaging scanners at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) Europe 37% Rest of world 20% 10% NRW 33% Germany (excluding NRW) Regional affiliation of the users of all ER-C electron microscopy instruments in 2011 Use of the 3 T MRI-PET hybrid scanner In clinical trials for this instrument, patients are examined in collaborative projects with different external hospitals. In 2011, approximately 40 patientsfrom the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Düsseldorf and 40from the Department of Radiotherapy at RWTH Aachen University were examined. An additional 5 patientsfrom the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Düsseldorf University Hospital were also examined.