Under the last call for "large-scale research infrastructure", the proposal "A national subcellular imaging platform" was recently approved by the Research Council of Norway for contract negotiations within a total budget of 20.5 Mkr. Two researchers at Institute for Cancer Research and Centre for Cancer Biomedicine, Andreas Brech and Harald Stenmark, were central in this proposal, which was coordinated by Oddmund Bakke at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. The aim of this proposal is to establish a national imaging service platform that can offer state-of-the-art imaging techniques and expertise.
Novel equipment that will be available through this new platform includes electron microscopes set up for tomography and correlative light and electron microscopy, a TIRF microscope, a multi-photon confocal microscope and a superresolution light microscope. "This is great news for our clinic", says Harald Stenmark, "since the acquisition of high-end electron and supperesolution microscopy equipment in our laboratories will enable our researchers to embark on research projects that previously were not technically feasible".
The following scientists are in the management team of this technology platform: Oddmund Bakke (coordinator), Marianne Fyhn, Garreth Griffiths, Andreas Brech and Harald Stenmark.
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NOK 100 million awarded for advanced research equipment