The Imaging Revolution
Innovative imaging technologies have revolutionised the life sciences by allowing researchers to visualise and measure a broad spectrum of molecular and cellular processes and events with an unprecedented accuracy and coverage that have been otherwise out of reach. For the first time in history, we can visualise the molecular processes of life and the basis of human disease, such as tumorigenesis or Alzheimer’s disease, in living cells and tissues in real time. These technologies allow breakthrough biological discoveries and their translation into medical applications. Imaging technologies are thus the central technology platform driving research in most disciplines of the life sciences, in both biological and biomedical research. Euro-BioImaging’s role in the imaging revolution is to offers all life scientists open access to imaging instruments, expertise, training opportunities, and data management services that they do not find at their home institutions or among their collaboration partners. Euro-BioImaging allows imaging research to flow unhindered, thereby ensuring excellent research and development across the life sciences in Europe!
Access to technologies
The technologies offered by Euro-BioImaging can be accessed at Euro-BioImaging Nodes, which are internationally renowned imaging facilities distributed across Europe. They cover the whole spectrum of biological and biomedical imaging, with an ever-growing portfolio of cutting-edge instruments. New technologies are included continuously to offer access to the most innovative and pioneering technologies on the market.
Currently, the offered services include about 40 different technologies, among others:
- biological imaging (e.g. LSCM/CLSM, STED, FCS, CLEM, SPIM)
- multi-modal molecular and biomedical imaging (e.g.PET/SPECT, CT, OI, High-Field MRI, Phase contrast imaging)
Access to data services
Euro-BioImaging offers a wide range of image data services. Euro-BioImaging Nodes support their users in data management and quality control, primary data analysis and the transfer of large data sets to the home base. The BioImage Archive was launched as public central archive for biological and biomedical image data, which will make it easier for researchers around the world to store, share, access and analyse images. This wealth of scientific images can now start to be reused, reanalysed, and interconnected to create new knowledge. New computational tools for image analysis and processing accessible via the cloud will complement the offered services.
Access to training services
Euro-BioImaging offers training courses on many different cutting-edge imaging technologies for scientists as well as imaging facility operators.
Easy, open access
All scientists, regardless of affiliation, area of expertise, or field of activity, can benefit from Euro-BioImaging’s pan-European open access services. For most technologies, scientists are invited to receive hands-on training at the imaging instrument of their choice so that they can generate the desired data sets themselves and expand their technological knowledge. Visits can vary in length between single days to several weeks or months, depending on the project’s need and individual circumstances. Scientists interested in accessing Euro-BioImaging services simply submit a short description of their planned experiment via the online application portal. Senior scientists and Node staff will offer expert advice on the project’s scope and experimental set-up to ensure that the experiment has the best chance of success from the very first visit.