Advanced Technology Drives Ongoing Live-Cell Research
MELVILLE, N.Y., June 4 — Nikon Instruments Inc.
(http://www.nikoninstruments.com) and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of
Medicine announced the opening of a collaborative core microscopy imaging
center, establishing a partnership that brings improved research
capabilities to Northwestern, while providing critical feedback for Nikon
product development. One of only three such centers in the U.S., the
Northwestern Nikon Imaging Center will be equipped with the latest
technology in light microscopy imaging systems and will be instrumental in
ongoing biomedical research.
The Feinberg School’s Cell Imaging Center will house the latest
generation of microscopy equipment, beginning with the Nikon C1Si Confocal
and Live Scan Swept-filed Confocal microscopes. The Live Scan Swept-field
Confocal microscope allows users to rapidly capture images of fast moving
live cell events and samples that are sensitive to light. The C1Si Confocal
microscope combines two imaging techniques, confocal and spectral imaging,
to view a complete “stack” of images, providing 3D spectrally separated
cellular information that is acquired at faster rates and higher resolution
than typically available when these techniques are done separately.
“Nikon has joined forces with Northwestern University to offer
researchers and students access to the cutting-edge microscopy imaging
tools that are enabling a revolution in live-cell imaging research,” said
Lee C. Shuett, executive vice president, Nikon Instruments. “They, in turn,
will provide input from a user’s point-of-view about our instruments and
applications. This information will help us to fine tune our newest
microscopes and peripherals.”
As part of the collaboration between the two entities, Nikon will
sponsor microscopy workshops at the Feinberg School to ensure researchers
and students can achieve the greatest return on their work with the new
microscope systems. Several individuals at the Feinberg School of Medicine
were instrumental in establishing the collaboration between Nikon and
Northwestern including Vladimir Gelfand, the Leslie B. Arey Professor of
Cell, Molecular, and Anatomical Sciences; Rex Chisholm, the Adam and
Richard T. Lind Professor of Medical Genetics and Dean for Research; and
Robert Goldman, the Stephen Walter Ranson Professor and chair of Cell and
“Having the Nikon Imaging Center at the Feinberg School brings many
advantages to our students and faculty, most importantly, open access to
state-of-the-art imaging technology,” said Teng-Leong Chew, PhD, director
of the Cell Imaging Facility.
The new Nikon Imaging Facility will host a grand opening ceremony June
4th at 11:30 a.m., followed by an open house. The facility joins imaging
centers at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San
Francisco. Globally, the exclusive list of top imaging centers that house a
Nikon Center include Oxford University, England; Curie Institute, France;
Heidelberg University, Germany; Singapore Bioimaging Consortium; and
Hokkaido University, Japan.
About Nikon Instruments Inc.
Nikon Instruments Inc. is a world leader in the development and
manufacture of optical and digital imaging technology for biomedical and
industrial applications. Now in its 90th year, Nikon provides complete
optical systems that offer optimal versatility, performance and
productivity. Cutting-edge instruments include microscopes, precision
measuring equipment, digital imaging products and software. Nikon
Instruments is the microscopy and digital imaging arm of Nikon Inc., the
world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging
technology. For more information, visit http://www.nikoninstruments.com.
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