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The Virtual Pub: Understanding the SARS-COV-2 replication cycle in human cells

Published: 2020-11-24

Our next Virtual Pub will be held on Friday, November 27th at 1 PM CET. Dr. Yannick Schwab of EMBL will share the results of a recent collaborative study to create 3D reconstructions of whole cells that are infected by SARS-CoV-2 and their subcellular compartments. All imaging enthusiasts are welcome!  Friday, November 27th, we welcome: Yannick Schwab, Team leader and Head of Electron Microscopy core facility, EMBL, on "Understanding the SARS-COV-2 replication cycle in human cells" ...

Euro-BioImaging’s EMBL Node contributes to understanding SARS-CoV-2 replication cycle in human cells

Published: 2020-11-24

Understanding virus replication is a key part of any therapeutic strategy to combat COVID-19. Without this crucial piece of the puzzle, it is hard to develop drugs to suppress viral replication and virus-induced cell death. EMBL’s Electron Microscopy Core Facility, part of Euro-BioImaging’s EMBL Node, participated in a timely study to reveal the biological mechanisms driving the SARS-CoV-2 replication cycle in human cells. This study, carried out in collaboration with the Ralf Bartenschlager...

Euro-BioImaging: A beacon of light

Published: 2020-11-19

As the evenings are becoming darker, a new light has been lit up at the BioCity building in Turku, Finland. Finland hosts Euro-BioImaging ERIC, and the Finnish section of the Euro-BioImaging Hub is located in this building. The other two sections of the Hub are at EMBL, Heidelberg, and Torino, Italy. Drop by and visit us for a cup of coffee or tea on the fifth floor of BioCity, if you happen to be around! Or drop us a line at info@eurobioimaging.eu! ...

The Virtual Pub: High temperature live-imaging for studying hyperthermophilic archaea

Published: 2020-11-17

Our next Virtual Pub will be held on Friday, November 20th at 1 PM CET. Don’t miss out on this exciting presentation of the special double chambered microscope developed by a group of UK researchers to study organisms that thrive in high temperature environments. All imaging enthusiasts are welcome!  Friday, November 20th, we welcome: Andre Pulschen, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, on “Some like it hot: High temperature live-imaging for studying hyperthermophilic archaea" ...

Conducting interdisciplinary transnational research in the COVID-19 era

Published: 2020-11-10

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for researchers to travel from one country to another, slowing down cross-border cooperation. It has forced laboratories worldwide to adapt stringent safety and hygiene measures, and has even had an impact on the focus of some research projects. But some researchers, like Euro-BioImaging user, Roberta Ranieri, of the University of Perugia, are unstoppable. Despite the possibility of travel restrictions being reintroduced at any moment, she returne...

The Virtual Pub: Deep learning for image segmentation

Published: 2020-11-09

Our next Virtual Pub will be held on Friday, November 13th at 1 PM CET. Don’t miss out on this exciting talk which will highlight some methods for interactive learning and automatic segmentation of biological images developed by the Kreshuk Group at EMBL. All imaging enthusiasts are welcome! Friday, November 13th, we welcome: Dr. Anna Kreshuk, Group Leader, Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit, EMBL, on "Deep learning for image segmentation"  Join via internet:https://us02web.zoo...

The Virtual Pub: Funding User Access and Core Facility Staff mobility

Published: 2020-11-02

Our next Virtual Pub will be held on Friday, November 6th at 1 PM CET. Don’t miss out on these exciting talks about funding and mobility opportunities. All imaging enthusiasts are welcome! Friday, November 6th, we welcome: Federica Paina, External Affairs, Euro-BioImaging Manager, Global BioImaging Kelly Sheehan-Rooney, Head of EMBO Fellowships Program, EMBO Julia Fernandez-Rodriguez, Scientific Director, University of Gothenburg and COMULIS STSM Coordinator  Join via i...

The Virtual Pub: How Computer Vision Can Revolutionize Image Analysis

Published: 2020-10-27

Our next Virtual Pub will be held on Friday, October 30th at 1 PM CET. Don’t miss out on this exciting talk! All imaging enthusiasts are welcome!   Friday, October 30th, we welcome:  Dr. Dominic Waithe, UKRI Innovation Fellow, Radcliffe Department of Medicine University of Oxford, on “Computer Vision Powered Microscopy - Subjectivity Dethroned” Join via internet: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/760003029  If you would like to present at The Virtual Pub, we are...

Atomic Force Microscopy: Describing the mechanical properties of diverse materials

Published: 2020-10-26

Interview with Camilo Guzmán, Manager of Euro-BioImaging’s Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node Please tell us who you are, where your facility is based, and what your role is. My name is Camilo Guzmán and I am the manager of the Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node of Euro-BioImaging. I have a background both in physics and in biology and I have been working on microscopy topics for over 17 years now. Our node has imaging facilities in Helsinki, Oulu and Turku and I am based in Turk...

COMULIS COST Action: Funding for correlated multimodality imaging projects

Published: 2020-10-22

Correlated multimodality imaging (CMI) is a way to gather holistic information about an individual specimen. The CMI process of combining two or more imaging techniques to a single sample results in a greater understanding of the sample’s macro, meso- and microscopic structure, dynamics, function and chemical composition. CMI therefore has huge potential in biological and biomedical research. To make CMI a more standard practice, COMULIS - Correlated Multimodal Imaging in Life Sciences – was...

The Virtual Pub: Quantifying super-resolution image data

Published: 2020-10-20

Our next Virtual Pub will be held on Friday, October 23rd at 1 PM CEST. Don’t miss out on this exciting talk! All imaging enthusiasts are welcome! Friday, October 23rd, we welcome: Yu-Le Wu, Predoctoral Fellow, Ries Group, EMBL, on “Extracting Quantitative Measures from Super-resolution Data” Join via internet: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/760003029 If you would like to present at The Virtual Pub, we are open to suggestions! Please let us know at hub@eurobioimaging.eu. ...

The Virtual Pub: Quality Management for Light Microsocpy: QUAREP-LiMi

Published: 2020-10-14

The next Euro-BioImaging Virtual Pub will be held on Friday, October 16th at 1 PM CEST. Don’t miss out on this exciting talk! All imaging enthusiasts are welcome!Friday, October 16th, we welcome:  Dr. Roland Nitschke - Life Imaging Center (LIC), Centre for Integrative Signalling Analysis (CISA), University of Freiburg, on “QUAREP-LiMi - Bringing a 15 year old idea to success - Quality Assessment and Reproducibility for Instruments & Images in Light Microscopy” Join via internet: ...

PAI: Combining high-contrast optical imaging with the penetration capability of ultrasound

Published: 2020-10-05

Interview with Enzo Terreno, Coordinator of the Multi-Modal Molecular Imaging (MMMI) Italian Node belonging to the medical family of the Euro-BioImaging Nodes. Please tell us who you are, where your facility is based, and what your role is. My name is Enzo Terreno, and I have the pleasure to be the Coordinator of the Multi-Modal Molecular Imaging (MMMI) Italian Node belonging to the medical family of the Euro-BioImaging Nodes. This is a multi-sited Node comprising 8 imaging centers distr...

MSI: Making pictures out of Mass-Spectrometry data

Published: 2020-09-29

Interview with Seetharaman Parashuraman, Head of the Bioimaging facility of the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Naples, an institute belonging to the National Research Council, part of our Advanced Light Microscopy Italian Node. Let me tell you about Mass-Spectrometry-based Imaging (MSI) at the Bioimaging facility, IBBC-CNR. Our technology is based on an AP-SMALDI10 mass spectrometer with a dedicated home-built matrix pneumatic sprayer (SMALDI prep) and software for images generatio...

CARS: Label-free imaging for studying pharmaceutical materials/drug crystallization

Published: 2020-09-29

Interview with Antti Isomäki, of the Biomedicum Imaging Unit of Helsinki BioImaging, part of Euro-BioImaging’s Finish Advanced Light Microscopy Node. Please tell us who you are, where your facility is based, and what your role is. My name is Antti Isomäki and I am an optical physicist by training. The path to my current position went through the basic research in a laser lab, postdoc time in microscopy technology development, and finally biomedical applications and imaging method dev...

SIM: Fast and rather easy super-resolution microscopy

Published: 2020-09-23

Interview with Ivan Novotný, Ph.D., from Light Microscopy Core facility at Institute of Molecular Genetics, in Prague, Czech Republic. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. I am employed as an imaging specialist at the Light microscopy core facility at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Science in Prague, CZ, part of Euro-BioImaging’s Prague Node. I am really interested in super-resolution (SR) methods and Structured illumination microscopy (SIM) is one of the...

QPI: The elegant method for slow live cell imaging

Published: 2020-09-23

Interview with Helena Chmelová, Ph.D., from Light Microscopy Core facility at Institute of Molecular Genetics, Prague, Czech Republic, part of Euro-BioImaging’s Advanced Light And Electron Microscopy Node Prague.  Could you tell us a little about yourself? I joined the Light Microscopy Core Facility at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, part of Euro-BioImaging’s Prague Node, as a light microscopy specialist. I am particularly interested in imagin...

CARS: A label-free technique for live samples

Published: 2020-09-23

Interview with Dalibor Pánek, Ph.D., from Imaging Methods Core facility at BIOCEV, Faculty of Science, Charles University, part of the Advanced Light And Electron Microscopy Node Prague.  Could you tell us a little about yourself briefly? My name is Dalibor Pánek. I obtained my Ph.D. in applied physics. A year ago I joined the Imaging Methods Core Facility at BIOCEV, part of the Prague node, as a specialist in optical microscopy. I provide training and support for conventional techni...

Euro-BioImaging contributes to cloud-based biological image analysis workflow tools

Published: 2020-09-02

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is a digital platform for the European science community, designed to give researchers from the European Union (EU) a global lead in research data management. Within this overarching project, EOSC-Life brings together the 13 Life Science Research Infrastructures (LS RIs) to create an open, digital and collaborative space for biological and medical research. Project partners Euro-BioImaging and ELIXIR, in collaboration with the Image Data Resource (IDR) and ...

Providing remote training for new users of Light and Electron Microscopes

Published: 2020-08-27

The Centre for Cellular Imaging of the University of Gothenburg has remained open throughout the corona virus pandemic, continuously providing microscopy services to regular users while implementing new guidelines and strict hygiene measures. Among the measures taken in March 2020, face-to-face training of new users came to a halt. In order to continue to attract new users in spite of travel restrictions and safety rules, Julia Fernandez-Rodriguez, Head of the Centre for Cellular Imaging, and he...

Proud to announce the appointment of Euro-BioImaging’s Scientific Advisory Board

Published: 2020-07-29

In November 2019, the European Commission officially established Euro-BioImaging – which provides life scientists with open access to a broad range of technologies and resources in biological and biomedical imaging – as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). As stipulated by the statutes published in the Official Journal of the European Union, Euro-BioImaging ERIC’s governance includes a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), whose role is to oversee the scientific, ethical, techn...

Running remote experiments in Italy’s Elettra Synchrotron laboratory

Published: 2020-07-23

Due to the COVID-19 emergency in Spring 2020, Euro-BioImaging’s  Phase Contrast Imaging Flagship Node in Trieste, Italy, started running remote experiments at its Elettra Synchrotron facility. This new modus operandi represents a true revolution for the site. Dr. Giuliana Tromba, the SYRMEP Beamline Coordinator, shares the remote procedures her facility has implemented – and explores some possible next steps: “… Before the global pandemic, operations at the Elettra Synchro...

How high-throughput microscopy can contribute to COVID-19 diagnosis

Published: 2020-07-23

Biological and biomedical imaging technologies are essential for addressing many research questions related to Covid-19 and for diagnosis. A recent study conducted by the Heidelberg University Center for Integrative Infectious Disease Research, in collaboration with EMBL and the Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing, reveals a procedure that combines high-throughput microscopy and semi-automated image analysis of virus-infected cells from a cell line to identify SARS-CoV-2 spec...

Euro-BioImaging is expanding its imaging technology offer!

Published: 2020-07-22

Euro-Bioimaging is a research infrastructure that has been founded to provide access to the best imaging services in Europe. These services are provided its 21 Nodes, all of which are internationally renowned imaging facilities. A prime goal of Euro-BioImaging ERIC is to ensure that its imaging technologies are truly cutting-edge. To ensure that our repertoire of provided technologies will stay abreast with the fast development and the breakthroughs in imaging research, we have, together with ou...

Fast Track access to biological and biomedical imaging technologies for COVID-19 research projects

Published: 2020-07-22

In the battle against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, imaging technologies play a crucial role. From cellular biology to diagnostics and disease management, imaging techniques are enhancing research. Are you interested in using imaging technologies, but not sure how to access them? All scientists, regardless of area of expertise, field of activity, geographic location, or affiliation can benefit from Euro-BioImaging’s pan-European open access services to imaging facilities. Take advantage of Euro-BioIma...

CT Imaging and Artificial Intelligence: United for COVID-19 prognostics

Published: 2020-07-08

The new coronavirus is highly contagious. However, despite the wide spread of the virus and its ability to bring entire healthcare systems to their knees, only a small percentage of patients - around 5-10% - develop the most serious (and sometimes fatal) forms of the disease. Often these forms have a rapid and unpredictable course that lead the patient to go from a mild symptomatology to a serious respiratory insufficiency in a very short time. The San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, part of Euro-Bi...

Euro-BioImaging ERIC is hiring

Published: 2020-07-01

Expressions of Interest are invited for the Euro-BioImaging Directorate positions. Please find the details here...

Euro-BioImaging ERIC concluded its “Call for Nodes 2020” on June 30th

Published: 2020-07-01

Thank you very much to all applicants for submitting a new Node application or a proposal to upgrade their existing Node! We are excited to have received so many new applications, and we will now carefully check their eligibility before the independent review by the Euro-BioImaging Scientific Advisory Board will start.More information on the documentation can be found in the Document Gallery of the Euro-BioImaging Web Portal. If you have questions, please contact us at info@eurobioimaging.e...

Remote access in preclinical imaging services

Published: 2020-06-25

Imaging facilities across the globe are scrambling to adapt remote procedures - or new, stricter hygiene measures - that make it possible to open and operate in the COVID-19 era. But for some facilities, remote access is business as usual. Enzo Terreno, coordinator of Euro-BioImaging’s Multimodal Molecular Imaging Node in Italy, shares his experience providing remote access to the Molecular & Preclinical Imaging Centers (M & PIC) at the University of Torino. Detailed specification and close co...

Remote access to Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy node

Published: 2020-06-22

Laboratories around the world are in the process of developing new methods to welcome new users in the aftermath of the COVID-19 lockdown. Members of Euro-BioImaging, a pan-European infrastructure that provides life scientists with open access to a broad range of biological and biomedical imaging technologies, are sharing their experiences. Eija Jokitalo of Euro-BioImaging’s Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy (FiALM) Node shares her experience providing remote access to the EM facility in Helsi...

CORBEL: Supporting advanced interdisciplinary research in Europe

Published: 2020-06-22

Since 2015, Euro-BioImaging has proudly participated in the Horizon 2020-funded cluster project CORBEL (Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-Science Services), along with 12 other life science research infrastructures (LS RIs). The ambitious goal of the CORBEL project was to facilitate user access across different RIs, involving multiple scientific fields and a broad range of technologies and services. By coordinating activities across RIs, CORBEL set out to build joint se...

New opportunities for Nordic imaging scientists

Published: 2020-06-05

A Nordic network of imaging nodes, Bridging Nordic Microscopy Infrastructures (BNMI) has been awarded NOK 2.5 million from NordForsk (220,000 Euros), as part of the Nordic Research Infrastructure Hubs initiative. Euro-BioImaging’s Norwegian Node is part of this network, and spearheaded this initiative. The funding will contribute to the development of imaging courses, workshops and seminars. In addition, it will support mobility of Nordic users within BNMI and the rest of Europe. Project ...

EMBRC and Euro-BioImaging sign a collaboration agreement

Published: 2020-06-04

The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) and Euro-BioImaging signed a collaboration agreement on 14 May 2020 to enhance communication about their respective services, to promote the development of joint services, and to encourage best-practice sharing and staff exchanges. The collaboration agreement will focus on facilitating access to marine model organisms and encouraging the use of advanced microscopy techniques in their study. Read the press release....

Imaging techniques and COVID19 diagnosis

Published: 2020-06-03

During the COVID-19 pandemic, computed tomography (CT) is the imaging method of choice to diagnose and monitor patients with COVID-19 because of its resolution, availability in intensive care units, and cost-effectiveness. Scientists from the University Federico II of Naples, part of Euro-BioImaging’s Molecular Imaging Italian Node, decided to evaluate the use of medical imaging technologies such as FDG-PET/CT during the COVID-19 pandemic in Southern Italy. They undertook a comparative st...

Fast Track for COVID-19 research projects

Published: 2020-05-29

From fundamental research on the molecular level to medical applications and diagnostics, imaging technologies provide crucial insight into the basic biology of the COVID-19 virus.  Among others, imaging technologies: Contribute to an in-depth understanding of the molecular processes of infection Support the development of therapeutics Confirm diagnosis and help monitor patients in the clinic Euro-BioImaging is currently processing proposals related to COVID-19 ...

Imaging technologies used to understand COVID-19 infection

Published: 2020-05-27

Euro-BioImaging’s French Node in Bordeaux is contributing to an important study led by the University of Bordeaux to understand COVID-19 infection and inflammatory response using fully differentiated human bronchial epithelium as model. Fluorescent imaging techniques such as immune fluorescence and RNAscope technology will be used in this highly relevant physiological system to determine if a particular cell type is (preferentially) infected by the virus. Dr Harald Wodrich, INSERM Researc...

Some tips about providing virtual microscopy and remote access

Published: 2020-05-20

The major impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 - including lockdown and quarantine in most parts of Europe - has changed the way scientists work. Laboratories around the world have shut down, and are required to develop new methods/processes to go back to work while respecting stringent hygiene measures. Members of Euro-BioImaging, a consortium of European countries and EMBL that provides life scientists with open access to a broad range of biological and biomedical imaging technologies, are imple...

Slovenia joins Euro-BioImaging ERIC!

Published: 2020-05-06

Imaging technologies have a central role in driving fundamental research and applied innovations in both biological and biomedical research. These technologies help a very broad user and research community to reach breakthrough biological discoveries and to proceed with translation into innovations in the fields of medicine, diagnostics, drug development, biotechnology, and molecular ecology. The Euro-BioImaging ERIC is a consortium of 14 European countries and EMBL that provide life scientists ...

Nodes & friends virtual beer session

Published: 2020-04-24

With Europe becoming a hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic, these last few weeks have been tough. To help lift the spirits and share experiences, the Euro-BioImaging “Nodes & friends virtual beer session” was born. Every Friday afternoon, members of the Euro-BioImaging Hub and Nodes from all corners of Europe come together to close another historical week and say “cheers” to staying at home and keeping healthy! ...

Expanding the Euro-BioImaging portfolio

Published: 2020-04-22

To remain at the technological forefront, Euro-BioImaging uses “showcasing” and “proof-of-concept” studies to ensure that new technologies are continuously integrated into its portfolio. The first proof-of-concept studies includes Photoacoustic Imaging, Mass Spectrometry Imaging, Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy and Quantitative Phase Imaging. These technologies will be offered through the Euro-BioImaging Web Portal for user access once the COVID-19 emerg...

Resources for COVID-19 and related imaging research

Published: 2020-04-20

It is not surprising that the COVID-19 outbreak has significantly limited Euro-BioImaging’s physical user access services. Nevertheless, we are thankful for the necessary health and safety measures put in place all across Europe, and it is fantastic to see researchers come together to fight this pandemic. Imaging research is essential in this fight, and Euro-BioImaging will continue to support your research as best as possible; starting with a COVID-19 repository for the life science community...

Open position: Euro-BioImaging Industry Board Coordinator

Published: 2020-04-17

Euro-BioImaging Hub is looking for a Euro-BioImaging Industry Board (EBIB) Coordinator who will work in close collaboration with EBIB Chair and EBIB members located across Europe as well as with the Euro-BioImaging Hub Office. The position is located at the Bio-Hub at EMBL Heidelberg.     The Euro-BioImaging Industry Board (EBIB) is currently comprised of thirteen different companies across the imaging field. In the EBIB, all companies work together as a single, professional ...

Euro-BioImaging April 2020 Newsletter

Published: 2020-04-17

Here's the latest Euro-BioImaging newsletter! Including for instance COVID-19-related updates, the call for new Nodes and some exciting funding news. Read it here:  https://mailchi.mp/75e8ca11a7d4/euro-bioimaging-newsletter-april-2020...

Euro-BioImaging update regarding COVID-19

Published: 2020-04-07

Following closely the Covid-19 situation, Euro-BioImaging asks everyone involved, including Euro-BioImaging users, to align with the recommendations of their relevant national health departments.Euro-BioImaging will process the online submission of new user proposals as before, but flexibility needs to be applied when it comes to scheduling a physical user visit until available information on the European situation allows again for reliable and safe travel planning. Euro-BioImaging is also looki...

Is the biology of Homo sapiens not interesting? – opinion piece by Professor John Eriksson, Euro-BioImaging Interim Director General

Published: 2020-04-07

The ongoing pandemic has given reason to consider the public awareness of bioscience and its general importance. In this respect, it was interesting to browse through different mass media and science journals at the turn of the year, as the new decennium, carrying the somewhat prophetic number 2020, spurred an exceptional interest in things to come. There was a cavalcade of interviews, columns, blogs, and debates from experts with presumed crystal balls to provide visions of the future. The pred...

Euro-BioImaging plays a key role in the new CORBEL brochure

Published: 2020-03-30

"For the advancement of science: Working with European Life Science Research Infrastructures" is a new brochure created by CORBEL. The brochure explains the many advantages of working with Life Science Research Infrastructures, including why access to services and technologies they offer, their collaborative work, and the creation of common service pipelines are advancing life science research. Read and download the brochure here: https://www.corbel-project.eu/...

Euro-BioImaging ERIC opens the “Call for Nodes 2020”

Published: 2020-03-30

Euro-BioImaging ERIC has opened its Call for Nodes 2020. Cutting-edge imaging facilities hosted by Euro-BioImaging member states and prospective member states, which are supported by their national authorities to become a Node of this pan-European research infrastructure, are invited to submit their Expression of Interest before June 30th, 2020. More information on the documentation that needs to be provided can be found in the Document Gallery of the Euro-BioImaging Web Portal as well as i...

COVID-19 webinar series - "Imaging of infection"

Published: 2020-03-26

The World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS) is holding a series of COVID-19 webinar series called "Imaging of infection". Click here for more information....

Scientific project manager (user access)

Published: 2020-02-05

For the new Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub at EMBL in Heidelberg, we are looking for a Scientific Project Manager to support us in managing relevant aspects of the Euro-BioImaging operation. S/He will be integrated into the international Bio-Hub team, working closely together with colleagues in the fields of imaging technologies, project management, communication & outreach, image data analysis and science policy. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Coordination of user access to state-of-...

Global BioImaging training programme manager

Published: 2020-02-05

Global BioImaging recently received a distinguished award by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI, https://chanzuckerberg.com/), which allows us to set-up an exciting as well as extensive training programme for core facility staff and managers. This program aims at building professional capacity internationally in this field by offering tailored training courses in e.g. imaging facility management and operation; image data management; latest imaging technologies; and more topics as requested by t...

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