Jennifer Watson’s Microcourses channel on You Tube is really recommended to anyone who uses a microscope.
Short targetted videos that will boil down the principles of light microscopy for biologist and help you understand what you are doing.
There are a few series, each of them with a few videos and the collection is constantly growing. Remember to subscribe so you get to know when they post a new one.
The LCI will host a seminar about GlyCLICK, a new way to directly label primary antibodies and stop using secondaries: 6th of November at 13:00 in the Lipid seminar room in Neo, KI Flemingsberg. The seminar will be broadcasted live. Here is how to find us and here how to follow the seminar online.
Everyone agrees that it would be great to be able to label our samples without using secondary antibodies.
- less animals killed
- shorter and cheaper protocols
- no problem with isotype cross-reaction
- no problem with secondary species when using many antibodies at once
There are many kits to label primary antibodies directly with fluorophores. The main disadvantage compared to primary/secondary stainings is that direct labels are often weaker because the final primary/fluorophore ratio is too low. Using an amplification method like TSA (Tyramide Signal Amplification) leads to a loss of resolution.
Over the years users at the LCI have tried this kit, this kit and this one. They gave mixed results depending on the antibody but we keep looking! Come to the LCI seminar about a new direct labelling technique that uses Click chemistry.
Nice speaker line up at this 1 day event on the 18th of october.
Organized by Astra Zeneca, EMBL and several Swedish universities, this is a good mingling event for microscopists! 😀
Tomorrow (17 sept) we will enjoy a seminar and a live demo about the Crest V3 spinning disk confocal which is being set up at our facility as I write! 😀
Very cool confocal!
- enormous field of view (32 mm diameter)
- fully confocal
- can image at 100 frames per sec
- spits out Nyquist resolution with the 60x objective!
You can come to the seminar (at 10 in the Gene seminar room at the LCI facility) or listen to it remotely (see here how to follow the LCI webinars).
You can even book a private demo to image your own samples.
Hans Blom and the Advanced Light Microscopy facility at Scilife organise one of their great super resolution microscopy course and a bunch of great seminars in September.
More information about the course and the seminar program (26th of september) can be found here.
See you all there! 😀
Imaris is a great image analysis software that is available to all the members of the Live Cell Imaging facility.
It is as easy to analyse 2D and 3D image files with Imaris. The software also allows you to make great multidimensional plots to present your data.
One can count objects inside objects (example number of vesicles per cell), measure shortest distances from one type of object to another (example distance from vesicles to the cell membrane), track cells even when they divide, trace neurons or blood vessels… all this in 3D, time, several colours.
On the 22nd of May, the LCI will host an Imaris workshop.
The morning seminar (held in Neo/DNA room) from 10-12 will be broadcasted for those who cannot join. Please follow the instructions on our website to follow the webinar.
In the afternoon, we will analyse the data of our users. Submit your images to DONTCHEVA Guergana (g.dontcheva(at)bitplane.com).
Do not miss the seminar tomorrow morning at Scilife: the inventor of the CUBIC technique, Etsuo Susaki, will present his technique which can clear fatty and dense tissues.
Click here to know where and when.
And here is the link to the updated Cubic protocol.
The Live Cell Imaging facility is back with its intensive microscopy course! In 2018 we moved to a new building so there was no course but we will strike again in Jan-Feb 2019!!You will definitely learn tons at our course. Have a look at the program and judge for yourself.
As usual we run 2 courses in parallel:
#2870, 6 points, is the full course with all lectures, workshops, demos… This will run 22/jan-08 feb, 3 days/week 9:00-17:15.
#2871, 4.5 points, is the same minus some workshops and demos. This course will run at the same dates but 10:00-15:00.
The rest of the time is used for home assignments.
All lectures are open to the public without any registration so tell your colleagues!
Course applications are open from today and until the 15th of November. The full course (2870) has only 16 spots available so just go for it NOW! 🙂
Expansion microscopy and clearing are fantastic tools for anyone who images thick (> 1 cell diameter) fixed samples. We are now lucky to have access to state of the art talks and hands-on workshops at Scilife in September. Register early not to be disappointed!
Please apply to Hans (first day) and David (second day) directly!
If you are looking for an inspiring talk about a super freeware for image analysis, go to Scilife in Uppsala on the 8th of June and listen to Anne Carpenter from the Broad Institute where CellProfiler was born! Check out the details here.