The funds will be used to help renovate, staff, and buy equipment for CRI's Flow Cytometry Facility, which uses a combination of lasers and computers to assess the cellular compositions of tissues and separate out different kinds of cells. By analyzing and sorting cells at extremely high rates, flow cytometers enable researchers to identify sub-populations of cells. CRI hopes to recruit an additional faculty member to fully utilize the flow cytometry capabilities that are being established at the lab.
"Flow cytometry is central to the research we do in the areas of regenerative medicine and cancer biology," said CRI director Sean Morrison. "We are grateful to the Moody Foundation for expanding our capabilities in this area and for providing the high-end instrumentation required to establish a premier facility capable of supporting cutting-edge research."
Launched as a joint venture by Children's Medical and UT Southwestern, the institute focuses on the discovery of transformative advances related to the understanding and treatment of cancer, birth defects, and metabolic disease in children. The long-term strategy for the institute includes the housing of more than a dozen laboratories dedicated to biomedical research at the interface of stem cell biology, cancer, and metabolism.
"We are very pleased to have an opportunity to support CRI," said Moody Foundation executive director Francie Moody-Dahlberg. "We hope that the results of flow cytometry-derived data will lead to breakthroughs in the understanding of cancer and, ultimately, to new therapies for many devastating childhood diseases."