We welcome members of the public, press and government to contact us, request a tour and learn about our biomedical research performed on superconducting magnets.



Speakers for the HWB-NMR Annual User Meeting on 5 Nov:

Chris Bunce, University of Birmingham: Drug re-deployment in a high risk malignancy; targeting the metabolome

Steve Homans, University of Leeds: What drives ligand-protein interactions?

Matt Crump, University of Bristol: How to survive in an Organic Chemistry Department: Combining organic synthesis and Protein NMR

Jörn Werner, University of Southampton: Dynamics in the self-assembly of HIV viral particles

Steve Matthews, Imperial College: Host cell recognition by apicomplexan parasites and pathogenic bacteria


Speakers for the HWB-NMR Annual User Meeting on 6 Nov:

Andrew Almond, University of Manchester: Resolving glycosaminoglycan shape with isotope enrichment and ultra-high-field NMR

Geoff Moore, University of East Anglia: Characterising disordered and partially folded states of proteins with NMR spectroscopy

Eriks Kupce, Varian Inc.: Hyperdimensional NMR spectroscopy

Udo Oppermann, Structural Genomics Consortium, Oxford: Chemical Probes for Epigenetic Signalling

Tours of the HWB_NMR facility were given to visitors including Paul Ramsbottom, Director of Wolfson Foundation (7 Apr),  the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Randall Brew OBE (8 Apr) and the Canadian High Commission (9 Oct).


Resonance Project concert was held at HWB•NMR on Nov 13.

Wayne Boucher and Tim Stevens (CcpNmr Project) gave a CcpNmr tutorial at HWB•NMR to local users on Nov 7.

Users and visitors were invited to our Open Day celebrating our third anniversary on Nov 2.

HWB•NMR was selected by the RIBA Higher Education Quality Forum Distinction by Design and exhibited in a national exhibition of exemplary higher education buildings.

Visitors to HWB•NMR included:


HWB•NMR was toured by 30 senior delegates from 15 EU member countries through Programme of the UK Peer Learning Activity organized by the Department for Education and Skills.

HWB•NMR was declared winner of the Education category of the “Built in Quality” Standards by Birmingham City Council.


The Resonance project funded by theWellcome Trust and Locate in Birmingham explores the connections between advancing science at the Henry Wellcome Building and composing music.

HWB•NMR was been given extensive coverage in the November 2005 issue of ‘Architecture Today’.


Andrew Peet was interviewed for Research-TV, News-Medical and the Birmingham Post, saying:

"We are developing new magnetic resonance scans to measure the levels of chemicals in tumours to help us diagnose them and identify the best way to treat them. In future these scans may allow us to avoid surgery in some patients and improve treatment in others. At present, to interpret these new scans we need information on the chemistry of the tumours and this is obtained by putting tumour samples in the magnets in the Henry Wellcome Building."

The magazine Buzz published an article entitled Magnetic Milestones in Children’s Brain Tumour Treatment in December.

The Inaugural Symposium Magnets, Molecules and Medicine was held in November.

In the Birmingham Vision's article An Attractive Proposition, the NMR building was described:

"Based on a cathedral design, the clean, open lines of the new Centre are more akin to a building designed for welcoming people in than a traditional ‘closed off’ scientific research centre. Constructed using the minimum of ferrous metal the building features three symmetrical chambers housing five large superconducting magnets, with the largest standing 5 metres tall and weighing 10 tonnes."



An article entitled Penetrating Images  describing research at HWB•NMR appeared in Medlines in January.


In the Birmingham Magazine's article Adventures in Nanoland, Peter Evans stated:

"This specially designed building nearing completion on the West Campus alongside the Institute for Cancer Studies houses Britain’s biggest and most powerful nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer - a state of the art 900 megahertz machine for scrutinising protein structures at the highest level of resolution now achievable. With it, Professor Michael Overduin and his team of specialist computer engineers and bioscientists will be able to visualise protein structures and see how they are arranged as assemblies of atoms in three dimensional space."

In his interview with David Long entitled National NMR Centre Comes to Birmingham, Professor Lawrence Young stated:

"the theoretical, practical and commercial value of 900 Mhz NMR spectroscopy will guarantee the brightest possible future for this, the latest addition to Birmingham’s already formidable array of biomedical research facilities."


In Magnetic Attraction in the Architects' Journal Austin Williams explained Berman Guedes Stretton's design of the building:

"The roof is divided into three sections, in line with the three NMR chambers, and the sections are separated by strips of north-light roof glazing, bringing daylight into the heart of the building. The chambers are grouped around a central control area and large, removable glazed panels in each chamber allow views of the NMR machines and also provide access for removal and installation of the equipment. Associated with the central control area is the main entrance with seminar, breakout and office facilities - these areas are clad with cedar boarding and solar control louvres."