Nikon Instruments Opens New Imaging Center at Northwestern University

Advanced Technology Drives Ongoing Live-Cell Research

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 4 — Nikon Instruments Inc.

( 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

Molecular Biology.

“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

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