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Institute is runner up in BBSRC Impact award


The Institute of Integrative Biology entered the BBSRC’s Excellence with Impact competition. Yesterday (Thursday 24 March), the Institute was judged to be the runner up for the award for effectiveness in introducing a significant culture change, which values impact, as well as research excellence. Well deserved and congratulations to all those who worked hard to deliver. More pertinently perhaps, the competition was a lot of fun and it really focussed the entire Institute on how we deliver impact at all levels. The £25 k prize money will help us build on the considerable momentum we have generated.

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Ig Nobel tour 2011 comes to Liverpool


Improbable Research and the National Science and Engineering Week bring the Ig Nobels to New Brighton.
March 16, New Brighton Floral Pavillion, 6.30 pm.
An event to may you laugh and think, details on the Improbable Research website.

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Dr Matthias Langhorst from Carl Zeiss MicroImaging in Göttingen, Germany, will be presenting a seminar on advanced light microscopy.
Mon, March 7, 4pm – 5pm
SR2, Life Sciences Building

How to expand the current boundaries of light microscopy?

The last decades have seen a tremendous development of the performance of light microscopes in the life sciences. The dynamics of single molecules in living cells can now be imaged at high frame rates, cellular behaviour in development can be followed over days and subcellular details can be captured at a resolution surpassing the classical diffraction limit. However, there are still some very fundamental limits to the performance of a light microscope.

Observation of living samples is still ultimately limited by phototoxic side effects. Whenever the goal is to image deeper into thicker specimens, it is still a big challenge to achieve sufficient resolution and contrast. As we move from pure images to statistically convincing data, collecting images at sufficient contrast for automatic analysis proves to be difficult. In this talk, I will provide some examples of promising ways to overcome the current limitations of light microscopy. New approaches to labeling, active and dynamic illumination and detection schemes as well as new instrument geometries will completely change the ways of microscopy. The next decades will witness a revolution, with fundamentally new set-ups and experimental protocols providing new levels of imaging performance in life science research.

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