Inauguration of the Nikon Center of Excellence for Neuro-NanoImaging

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Aix-Marseille Université, via the Institute of NeuroPhysiopathology (INP), and Nikon Europe B.V. have joined forces to create the Nikon Center of Excellence for Neuro-NanoImaging. It will be inaugurated on Thursday, September 22, starting at 12:30 p.m. in the presence of Philippe Delaporte, Vice President Research and Nicolas André, Vice President Health of Aix-Marseille Université, Aurélie Philippe, Regional Delegate CNRS Provence and Corsica, Alain Angèle, General Manager of the Health Division, France-Benelux Branch of Nikon Europe B.V. and Daniel Ciepielewski, General Manager of Nikon Instruments Europe B.V.

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 9am-3pm
Grisoli Amphitheatre, Green Wing, Faculty of Medical and Paramedical Sciences, Timone campus

Program of this inauguration day:

  • A morning of scientific meetings with interventions of experts in imaging,
  • The official inauguration with speeches and ribbon cutting,
  • Guided tours (upon registration) offered by Christophe Leterrier, director of the Center, to discover the latest microscopes.

This Center of Excellence, housed within the Neurocellular Imaging Service (NCIS) of INP, aims to focus on how super-resolution technologies can help understand brain cells and their dysfunctions. It provides neurobiology researchers in Marseille and beyond with three super-resolution microscopy techniques tailored to the subcellular study of neuronal function:

  • Super-resolution rotating disk (Nikon SoRa) that provides fast and delicate imaging with optical sectioning at ~150 nm resolution, ideal for live-cell imaging.
  • Structured Illumination Microscopy (Nikon N-SIM) that provides robust, multicolor imaging with 2x gain (~120 nm lateral resolution) compared to diffraction-limited fluorescence microscopy.
  • Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (Nikon N-STORM) that reaches for ~20 nm detail to dissect the nanoscale organization of macromolecular complexes directly in cells.­imaging-centers/­aix-marseille-university

About the Neurocellular Imaging Service (NCIS) at INP

The Neurocellular Imaging Service (NCIS) is part of the NeuroTimone photonic imaging platform (PImaNT). It provides access to light microscopes for neuroscientists who want to observe molecular and cellular processes to better understand nervous system functions and dysfunctions. In addition to traditional wide-field and confocal microscopes, NCIS offers more advanced techniques such as live-cell imaging, TIRF, and super-resolution microscopy (STORM). NCIS staff also provide technical advice, assistance and training to answer scientific questions in imaging and analysis.

About Aix-Marseille Université

The largest French-speaking university, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) welcomes 80,000 students and nearly 8,000 staff on five large campuses of international standards. Owner of its own property, the university is present in 9 major cities in 4 departments.
Its A*Midex University Foundation, which is the bearer of the IDEX, contributes to the development of a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary pole of higher education and research of world-class standing. Known as a "research-intensive university", it is home to 113 research units, 9 federations and some 50 technology platforms linked to major national organizations.
AMU is committed to interdisciplinarity, which is at the heart of its strategy and training, and has already created Pôle d’Innovation Territoriaux (PIT), access for economic players to certified technological platforms; the Cité de l’Innovation et des Savoirs Aix-Marseille (CISAM) and 18 institutes guaranteeing bridges between research and training.

About Nikon Europe B.V.

Nikon Europe B.V. is the European microscopy arm of the Nikon Healthcare Business Unit, a world leader in the development and manufacture of optical and digital imaging technologies for biomedical applications.