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The Beckman
Institute is a barrier-busting,
interdisciplinary
research facility
and community
of innovation.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Break Barriers.

The Beckman Institute was created to support interdisciplinary research among University of Illinois faculty. We foster scientific advances that couldn’t be done in any other way.
Our founder, Arnold Beckman, was an inventor and philanthropist who knew firsthand the power of interdisciplinary work.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Propel Science and Technology.

The Beckman Institute is a unique engine for research. We're making incredible advances while helping ordinary people.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Help You Connect.

We offer a café with drinks and daily specials, events from concerts to research lectures, and plenty of study and meeting spaces.
The Beckman Institute was built to help people connect. Learn more about exploring Beckman.

Latest news

Upcoming events

Midwest Advanced MINFLUX and Super Resolution Workshop

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Contact name: Chris Zwilling
Contact email: zwillin1@illinois.edu

The NSF Science and Technology Center for Qualitative Cell Biology is hosting a Midwest Advanced MINFLUX and Super Resolution Workshop. The workshop will highlight STED and MINFLUX technology through talks and hands-on sessions with the MINFLUX and STEDYCON system.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 1005

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 1005

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays this fall for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 1005

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

New-to-Beckman tour

MRI Exhibit

Contact name: Lexie Kesler
Contact email: lkesler@illinois.edu

Come find out more about the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology! Learn about the barrier-busting interdisciplinary research facility and community of innovation. Tours will be offered the first Thursday of the month from 10-10:30 a.m.  Register here.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Brain Plasticity Associated with Motor Training and Learning in Middle-aged and Older Adults

Beckman Institute Room 4269 (4th Floor Tower Room)

Contact name: Bill Mullins
Contact email: wmullins@illinois.edu

Enhancing Brain Health: Motor Interventions and Brain Plasticity in Aging

Pei-Fang Tang, PhD PT, Professor

School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University 

Maintaining cognitive function in aging populations is crucial. Our research explores how motor learning and exercise impact brain plasticity in middle-aged and older adults with and without cardiovascular risks. We use brain imaging to study the brain and behavioral effects of engaging in a visuomotor tracking task and Tai Chi Chuan (TCC), aerobic, and stretching exercises. Studies revealed that exercise promotes specific brain activation and brain volume, and in some cases, white matter integrity changes are associated with improved behavioral performance. Notably, pre-existing good white matter integrity benefited cognitive gains from TCC. These findings suggest motor interventions can enhance brain health and cognitive function in middle[1]aged and older adults, even in people who are at higher risks of brain degeneration. We're further exploring the use of non-invasive brain stimulation to potentially boost these benefits in the aging population and patients with stroke.

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat!