The Bioimaging Unit has just hosted a highly successful in house training course on use of the IVIS 200 in vivo imaging system. Delegates from the Schools of Pharmacy, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences along with Research Fellows from TCD had two days of intensive hands on training with experts from both Caliper Life Sciences and the Bioimaging Unit. All course members were extremely impressed with the capabilities of this state-of-the -art system and are looking forward to applying it directly to their research projects. Please contact us if you have imaging requirements in this exciting area.
The Bioimaging Unit will help showcase the 32nd Annual Symposium of the Microscopical Society of Ireland at QUB in August this year. Please check back for further details.
The Bioimaging Unit features in an article in the February 08 edition of Queen's Now. This relates to a new joint initiative with St Mary's Teacher Training College in the emerging area of "Sciart". Please click the above link for full details.
Professor Bernie Hannigan Director of the HSC Research and Development Office and Dr Janice Baillie Program Manager HSC R&D Office visited the Bioimaging Unit to see first hand the digital scanning equipment housed within the Northern Ireland Virtual Tissue Archive. The R&D Office awarded a grant of £250,000 to Professor Peter Hamilton towards this initiative.Please click the above link for further information.
The Bioimaging Unit has just provided its first postgraduate imaging course. "An Introduction to Bioimaging Techniques in the Life Sciences" allowed fourteen students from the Centres for Cell Biology and Cancer Research (CCRCB) and Vascular and Vision Sciences (CVVS) to gain valuable hands on experience in the use of state of the art imaging platforms. Technologies such as Confocal Microscopy, in vivo imaging, Electron Microscopy, Digital Slide Scanning and Bioinformatics were explained and imaging time allocated for each of these areas. Student feedback suggests this course was a great success and will hopefully be repeated.
A one day symposium "Use of Translational Models in Cancer Research" will be co-hosted by the Unit on 27th February in the CCRCB/Bioimaging Unit. Following advisory talks/ scientific presentations there will be the opportunity for hands on imaging time using the Unit's Xenogen IVIS 200 system. If you are interested in attending please contact Tracy Robson (QUB) Stephanie McKeown (UU) or Stewart Church (QUB)
The Bioimaging Unit has just hosted a one day symposium in Live Cell Confocal Imaging Techniques. Funded by CRSTDF this course provided specialist training for three CRS members in CCRCB and CII. Feedback has been extremely positive and this course will be offered again subject to sufficient numbers.
The next UK IVIS Users Group Meeting will be held in the Bioimaging Unit on the 22nd October 2009. Anyone wishing to attend can register using the link above. Sponsored by Caliper Life Sciences, this meeting follows an extremely successful inaugural session at the Wellcome Foundation earlier this year.
The Royal Microscopical Society have announced details of its first meeting in Northern Ireland. A symposium entitled "Bioimaging: Illumination of Disease" will be held at Queens University Belfast on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January 2011. This meeting will focus on the application of the expanding range of bioimaging techniques to evaluate and improve our understanding of the biological processes involved in cancer, infection and infectious organisms.
The meeting will provide the opportunity for both oral presentations and posters from submitted abstracts. In addition there will be an exciting trade component from international suppliers. For further information please follow the link above.
Peter Hamilton and Stewart Church have been awarded £5,000 from the Royal Microscopical Society's Vice Presidents Fund to establish a unique CancerScape web portal. This will illustrate the visual complexity of cancer tissues and cells, using high resolution web-microscopy.
Images will be selected, annotated and described by experienced diagnostic pathologists in lay-mans terms and content hosted and managed by i-Path Diagnostics. In addition images will be described through poetry or prose provided by local English A Level students from Schools in Northern Ireland. A dedicated website will be developed to professionally present this material and PathXL will be used to manage and deliver high quality microscope images to the general public using virtual microscopy.
This project will provide a unique insight into the beauty of microscopic images but also their importance for cancer diagnostics, and in so doing blur the lines between art and science.
Further information can be found in the March 2011 issue of In Focus, The Proceedings of the Royal Microscopical Society
The Bioimaging Unit is pleased to announce it now has Perkin Elmer Volocity Software available for all customers. Full Visualisation and Quantification modules will allow users to rotate and explore their samples in 3D/4D in incredible detail and in real time. In addition a range of features allows tracking and measurement of objects within a sample
The Bioimaging Unit will host a lunchtime Optical Tomography Seminar on 18th April, Seminar Room 2 CCRCB, 1pm. "Fluorescence Molecular Tomography (FMT): Imaging of Disease, Biology and Therapeutic Response In Vivo" will be sponsored by Perkin Elmer and will discuss new developments in FMT and fluorescent biomarkers for quantification in preclinical research and translation to the clinic. Everyone is welcome.
The Bioimaging Unit will host a one day demonstration of the EVOS Microscope system on Thursday 14th April from 10.00 am onwards. If you have any samples you would like to visualise on this system please register for a time slot.
The Microscopical Society of Ireland will host their 35th Annual Symposium from 24th-26th August 2011 at CRANN, TCD. please follow the link for Registration/Programme details.