Celebrating 44 Years of Advancing University of Iowa Research
At the University of Iowa's Central Microscopy Research Facilities, we provide a wide variety of microscopy techniques for materials and biomedical investigators, an experienced staff, 24/7 access, and support for the beginner and experienced investigator. As one of the leading university microscopy facilities in the nation, our microscopy team is ready to support your research program.
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FRAP and FRET for Leica SP8 Confocal/STED
The CMRF recently upgraded the Leica SP8 Confocal/STED microscope with FRAP and FRET software. The new modules use a “Wizard” format to guide you through configuration and data collection. FRAP and FRET software guides can be found on the SP8 website.
Important Notice: Now Accepting CMRF-OVPRED Pilot Project Seed Grant Applications
The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development is again offering Pilot Project Seed Grants to encourage researchers to use the Central Microscopy Research Facility (CMRF) to help secure further external funding. Proposals must be submitted by December 8th, 2017. Awards of up to $1,000 to cover instrument and labor fees will be announced December 29, 2017 after consideration by a review committee. Unused funding expires June 30, 2018. Click here for more information and a link to the online application form.
New Instrument Reservation System Coming to the CMRF
The CMRF is in the process of replacing its antiquated OCF instrument reservation software with the state-of-the-art Idea Elan Core Facility Management software package. This advanced reservation and billing suite will streamline the instrument reservation process and will improve the accuracy and speed of the CMRF's Business Office. Stay tuned for more information.
New High-end Workstation installed for Imaris 3D and 4D Real-time Interactive Visualization and Analysis Software.
The CMRF recently installed a custom-built workstation to run its copy of Bitplane’s Imaris 3D and 4D Real-time Interactive Visualization and Analysis Software. Specifications of this high-end workstation include:
- 128GB DDR4 RAM
- 8-core Intel i7 Skylake CPU
- 8GB DDR5 video display card with over 2,000 CUDA processing cores
- All solid state hard drives
With just a few steps, Imaris delivers quantitative volumetric and motion-analysis results. Custom Imaris modules are available for neuroscience, (e.g. dendrite and spine analysis,) and co-localization studies. Other available features include:
- Imaris Measurement Pro: Shape, size and intensity-based quantification.
- Imaris Track: Imaging, tracking and motion analysis of live cells and moving objects in 2D and 3D.
- Imaris Filament Tracer: Automatic detection of neurons (dendritic trees, axons and spines,) microtubules, and other filament-like structures in 2D, 3D and 4D.
- Imaris Coloc: Quantify and document co-distribution of multiple stained biological components.
- Imaris Cell: Quantitatively examine micro relationships that exist within and between cells.
- Imaris Vantage: Compare and contrast experimental groups by visualizing image data in five dimensions as uni- or multi-variate scatterplots.
New High-Resolution Iridium Sputter Coater Available!
The CMRF has purchased a Quorum Technologies 150T ES Iridium sputter coater to support high-resolution SEM imaging. It is capable of producing coatings that are much thinner than standard Au/Pd sputter coating, which can result in higher-resolution images. The QT 150T ES is the ideal coating system for routine imaging above 50,000x. Contact CMRF staff if you are interested in using this instrument.
Office of Research and Economic Development article on the 2016 Art in Science Contest
CMRF Staff are available Monday through Friday 8am-5pm and will be happy to assist you! Call 335-8142 or email Randy Nessler for more information.