May. 18, 2015
This year, March 29th -April 1st, the Focus on Microscopy (FOM2015) conference was held in the Lokhalle in Göttingen and was organized by Dr. Gertrude Bunt and Prof. Fred Wouters of the University Medical Center Göttingen. The Lokhalle (German for Locomotive hall), a 6400 square meter former engine shop for the maintenance of locomotive engines, offered both the space and the industrial ambiance for a highly successful meeting. While outside hurricane Niklas was unrooting trees, inside the Lokhalle the floor was also tumultuous with about 1100 participants discussing the newest developments in microscopy and celebrating the unrooting of Abbe's law on optical resolution by the work honored in 2014's Nobel prize for chemistry for super-resolution microscopy (nanoscopy).
moreApr. 14, 2015
Although super-resolution light microscopy has broken new ground in our understanding of subcellular structures and the movement of individual molecules within cells, its use to investigate virus particles is in its infancy. However, the field could be about to explode following the publication of work by a Cambridge University team using a trio of fast and ultra-sensitive Andor iXon EMCCD cameras. Led by Professor Clemens Kaminski and Dr Colin Crump, the team has successfully developed a methodology that allows dSTORM super-resolution microscopy to be used as a structural tool for the study of viruses.
moreMar. 23, 2015
A study using Super-resolution microscopy reveals that our genome is not regularly packaged and links these packaging differences to stem cell state. The multidisciplinary approach allowed scientists to view and even count, for the first time, the smallest units for packaging our genome. A joint patent has been filed by ICFO and CRG, who are now exploring business opportunities for marketing the classification and determination of the degree of pluripotency of stem cells before their use in cell therapy or research in biomedicine. The work, published in Cell, is a successful example of the importance on having multidisciplinary projects and collaborations. This study has brought together biologists and physicists from the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), both in Barcelona, Spain.
moreMar. 12, 2015
Scientists who have discovered the mechanism of a protein that suppresses inflammation in the body, say the information could potentially be used to develop new drugs to control inflammation. To unravel the mechanistic details of IL-37's powerful effects, the research team used the Nobel Prize winning technique, Super-Resolution Microscopy at Monash Micro Imaging and the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The new study, published in Nature Immunology, deciphers the mechanisms of how the body uses IL-37 as a molecular signal to regulate and control inflammation.
moreMar. 06, 2015
Nobel Prize winners will be speaking at the World of Photonics Congress 2015: the lectures delivered by professors Stefan Hell and Eric Betzig deal with Super-Resolved Fluorescence Microscopy. The innovative microscopic procedure provides researchers with unprecedented insights into the nano building blocks of life.
moreMar. 04, 2015
The highly innovative iXon Ultra 888 is the world's fastest Megapixel, Back-illuminated EMCCD camera, offering exceptional frame rates and single photon sensitivity across a large field of view. Building on a rich history of first to market innovation, the ‘supercharged' iXon Ultra 888, represents a massive performance boost for the largest available EMCCD sensor, as well as the first USB3 enabled EMCCD camera.
moreJan. 17, 2015
A new Emmy Noether Junior Research Group based in LMU's Faculty of Physics has just begun its quest for new methodologies in super-resolution microscopy specifically tailored for biomedical applications.
The goal of the newly established Emmy Noether Research Group in the Faculty of Physics at LMU is to enhance the technical capabilities of fluorescence microscopy specifically in the context of its biomedical application. The research team is headed by Dr. Ralf Jungmann, who holds a dual appointment as a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried. Jungmann and his team hope to develop new DNA-based fluorescence probes that enable them to simultaneously visualize diverse cell components at the single-molecule level.
moreDec. 27, 2014
The report segments the global microscopy market by product, application, end user, and geography. The optical microscopy segment accounted for the largest share of the global microscopy market, by product. However, the electron microscopes segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the forecast period. Super-resolution microscopes are the key playing field in the microscopy product market, owing to ongoing technological advancements in this segment.
moreDec. 01, 2014
STED microscopy was the first method to fundamentally break the diffraction barrier. Twenty year later, the latest generation of commercial STED microscopes further boosts the resolution by using programmable SLMs to shape and optimize the STED light pattern. This enables the highest resolutions currently possible with figures below 25 nm in 2D and below 80 x 80 x 90 nm in 3D.
moreNov. 19, 2014
After the successful FOM2014 conference held in Sydney, Australia this year, it is a pleasure to announce FOM2015, the next Focus on Microscopy conference. It will take place in Göttingen, Germany in the week before Easter from Sunday March 29 to Wednesday April 1, 2015. Focus on Microscopy 2015 is the continuation of a yearly interdisciplinary conference series running now for well over two decades. It presents the latest innovations and new trends in multi-dimensional light microscopy, super-resolution and image processing together with their application in biology, medicine and material sciences.