Confocal Microscopy Internet Resources
FluoViewTM Users Internet Resources
The FluoViewTM laser scanning confocal microscope is a key piece of equipment in laboratories around the world, being utilized for applications that range from quantitative cellular analysis to neuroanatomy, toxicology, molecular genetics, and zoological studies. A sampling of the many renowned universities and private research institutions that have benefited from this exciting Olympus technology is provided through the Internet links below.
Cell Biology Core Laboratory - Residing in the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Cell Biology Core Laboratory is operated under the direction of Dr. Eugene B. Chang. The facility is divided into three primary sections, one of which is dedicated to cell culture, one of which is concerned with cell structure, and the other of which focuses upon cell physiology. Combined, these sections are able to offer a vast array of services, expertise, and equipment access to researchers in need.
Center for Excellence in Neurosciences (University of North Dakota) - Housed in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the center is directed by Dr. Manuchair Ebadi and features optical microscopes capable of many classical contrast enhancing techniques as well as laser scanning confocal microscopy. All microscopes are equipped with both traditional and digital imaging camera systems and computers are available for post-acquisition image processing.
Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET) - As part of the Oregon Health and Science University, CROET embraces a multifaceted mission of healing, teaching, discovery, and community service to improve the well-being of people in Oregon and beyond. The organization attempts to accomplish this task through basic and applied research, as well as outreach and education. In order to support the work of faculty scientists and ensure that CROET takes advantage of contemporary technologies, the Center maintains several shared use-facilities, including the live cell imaging facility that houses their Olympus FluoViewTM FV300 confocal microscope.
Central Michigan University Biology Department Microscopy Facility - The Biology Department's Microscopy Facility at Central Michigan University is available to students, faculty, and companies wishing to carry out private research. The personnel at the facility are also for hire, offering expertise on a range of projects that include consultancy, trouble-shooting, and sample preparation, as well as image acquisition and analysis for both biological and material samples. The Olympus FluoViewTM FV300 is the newest addition to the facility's collection of microscopy equipment.
Confocal and Image Analysis Facility - The Confocal and Image Analysis Facility is located at the University of Manitoba (Canada), and has been built around the FluoViewTM confocal microscope, a state of the art research tool which allows researchers to visualise the molecular architecture of cells and tissues. Confocal microscopy has broad applications in many critical areas of biomedical research because it allows researchers to probe the molecular structure of cells and tissues in normal and disease states. In addition to the confocal microscope the CIAF is composed of a live cell imaging suite and an image analysis workstation. These components combine to form a highly efficient facility to support the ability of the local research community to perform innovative cell-imaging research.
Digital Optical Imaging Facility (UTHSCSA) - Under the direction of Drs. Brian Herman and Victoria Centonze Frohlich, this state of the art multi-platform imaging facility is located in the Cellular and Structural Biology Department at the University of Texas (San Antonio) Health Science Center. Among a host of other optical microscopy equipment, the facility contains two multi-parameter digitized video microscopes, capable of wide-field epi-fluorescence imaging, multiple real-time ion measurements, and measurements of cellular constituent interactions using fluorescence resonance energy transfer. In addition, the center maintains a world-class digital optical imaging facility that is available to investigators both within and outside the UTHSCSA campus.
Lombardi Cancer Center Microscopy and Imaging - Directed by Dr. Susette C. Mueller, the imaging facility is located on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington. The facility is a shared resource that provides microscopy equipment, technical assistance and collaborative analyses for all Georgetown University investigators. Available equipment and technology includes light microscopy, confocal microscopy, image analysis, microinjection, video microscopy and electron microscopy.
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory - Co-directed by Drs. John Henson, David S. Miller, and Michael H. Nathanson, the Imaging Core provides the laboratory with state of the art microscopic imaging instrumentation and technology to assist affiliated research programs. Optical microscopy capabilities include multiple widefield contrast enhancing techniques, low-light level fluorescence, digital imaging, and laser scanning confocal. For the past several years, the Quantitative Fluorescent Microscopy Course, headed by Dr. Simon Watkins of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has brought numerous research and industrial sector experts and a great deal of state-of-the-art instrumentation to the MDIBL for an intensive one week session.
Neuroscience Institute Imaging and Microscopy Core - Housed at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, the facility is directed by Dr. J. A. Whittaker. The goal of the department is to provide centralized state-of-the-art microscopic and imaging technologies as well as technical assistance with histological tissue processing, immunofluorescence staining, confocal microscopy, and image analysis to university researchers and students.
Penn State Center for Quantitative Cell Analysis - The mission of the Center for Quantitative Cell Analysis is to provide the Penn State research community with state-of-the-art instruments and expertise in analytical flow and image cytometry. The Center maintains an extensive library and database of existing protocols in the area of fluorescence imaging and flow cytometry, as well as an array of high-tech instrumentation that includes the Olympus FluoViewTM.
University of Leicester Microscopy Facility - A number of facilities for different types of microscopy are available at the University of Leicester. Microscopes include numerous optical and laser scanning instruments distributed across several departments. These facilities cater to host institution faculty and students and also invite collaborations with outside industrial sources.
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences - The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers well maintained research and teaching facilities that are supplied with the latest in technological aids. A full complement of instrumentation and equipment, including the Olympus FluoViewTM, is available for research in structural biology, cellular biology, developmental biology, and neurobiology.
University of Oklahoma Department of Zoology Microscopy Facilities - Students and faculty in the University of Oklahoma's Department of Zoology utilize a variety of facilities for modern high resolution microscopy. Their main laboratory houses an Olympus FluoViewTM FV500 confocal microscope with an acousto optical tunable filter and three lasers, as well as the most sophisticated collection of electron microscopes in the state. The facilities are fully supported by two resident full-time microscopists.
University of Utah Cell Imaging Facility - The Cell Imaging Facility, a part of the University of Utah Health Science Center's Core Research Facilities Department, has recently been established to provide university and external researchers with state-of-the-art resources for analysis of fluorescent probes in living and fixed samples and for cell microinjection. They house an array of conventional and confocal microscopes and automated cell microinjection systems available for use on an unlimited basis by trained researchers, and workstations are also available for processing, analysis, and editing of still image and video data generated using either facility or external instrumentation.