PLEASE NOTE – THE BIRC IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS. THE STAFF ARE WORKING REMOTELY AND CAN BE CONTACTED VIA E-MAIL AS USUAL. RESEARCHERS WORKING ON COVID-19 AND NEEDING ASSISTANCE WITH ANY MICROSCOPY QUESTIONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE DIRECTOR AT ANY TIME.
DURING THIS TIME OF REMOTE WORKING:
- THE IMAGE ANALYSIS WORKSTATIONS ARE STILL AVAILABLE BY REMOTE ACCESS. MANY OF THE SOFTWARE COMPANIES ARE ALSO OFFERING FREE SOFTWARE LICENSES – PLEASE CONTACT THE BIRC STAFF FOR MORE INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE WITH INSTALLING THESE.
- THE BIRC STAFF WILL REACH OUT TO THEIR USERS VIA EMAIL WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT USEFUL ONLINE SEMINARS ON MICROSCOPY.
- PLEASE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER – @BircRocku – WHERE WE WILL RETWEET INTERESTING MICROSCOPY PAPERS, TUTORIALS AND SEMINARS.
- BIRC USERS AND ALL KEEN MICROSCOPISTS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP AS MEMBERS OF BIO-IMAGING NORTH AMERICA (BINA), WHERE THEY WILL FIND LINKS TO ADDITIONAL REMOTE LEARNING OFFERINGS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD!
We are excited to announce that several new microscope systems, as well as upgrades to existing systems, have been introduced to the BIRC over the past few months. These include:
1) The Abberior Facility Line Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) system: this first Facility Line system to be installed in the world combines the superior performance of the Abberior Expert Line STED systems with user-friendly software suitable for a core facility. Using the 775 nm depletion laser paired with appropriate dyes, resolutions of around 40 nm can be achieved in the XY axis. The system is also a fully functional confocal instrument, recommended for its high sensitivity and time-gating capabilities. Please contact us for more information on this.
2) The VisiTech instant-SIM (VT-iSIM) microscope: this microscope can provide super-resolution images in real time up to 1,000 frames per second, on samples labelled with conventional fluorophores. Think of it as a cross between the OMX and our spinning disk system on steroids!
3) The Zeiss CellDiscoverer7 system: Zeiss describes this automated widefield high-throughput system as combining “the ease-of-use of an automated boxed microscope with the image quality and flexibility of a classic inverted research microscope”. The hardware-based autofocus and autocorr objectives enable the system to automatically adjust to the focus of your samples in a wide range of chamber and plate types, and the fully controlled incubation enables long-term live cell imaging.
4) The Caliber ID RS-G4 “ribbon-scanning” confocal microscope permits tiling of large areas with unprecedented speed. It can be used to image thick, cleared specimens in imaging chambers as well as more conventional tissue slices on slides.
5) Our trusty Zeiss 880 confocal microscope has been upgraded with the Airyscan Fast detector, providing greatly increased sensitivity as well as improved resolution: