ZEISS and OPTEC support science in Russia with high-end confocal microscopy system and interdisciplinary user training
Tomsk State University (TSU), Russia, in cooperation with ZEISS and OPTEC for the first time held a joint seminar on confocal microscopy. The seminar took place at the TSU Tomsk Regional Center for Shared Use of Scientific Equipment, training researchers of various Russian universities and institutes with the facility’s confocal laser scanning microscope ZEISS LSM 780 NLO.
The seminar was attended by students and scientists of Tomsk State University, Siberian State Medical University, Oncology Research Institute, Kazan Federal University and other organizations. On the first day, OPTEC representatives gave lectures on the theory of microscopy and modern research systems. Afterwards practical workshops followed where the students and scientists received training with the high-end confocal microscopy system.
“We already have a significant experience working with our ZEISS LSM 780 NLO , and we have acquainted a large group of people with it. These are specialists in chemistry, material science and biology,” said Yury Morgalyov — Head of TSU Laboratory of Biological Safety of High Dispersion Materials. “Today, the seminar is to enlarge the range of potential users of this equipment.”
Besides, a unique research complex will soon be established at TSU. It will combine three devices in one system — the ZEISS LSM 780 NLO confocal laser scanning microscope with femtosecond lasers and Raman microscopy. This will enable the use of various methods in the research of creating 3D images and performing molecular and chemical analyses.
“Today, we create all the conditions for researchers to perform their research work on a high level with the use of state-of-the-art world-class equipment,” said Kira Alekseenko — Director of TSU Tomsk Regional Center for Shared Use. “Our Center is equipped with instruments that are very unique in Russia, and we invite the employees of TSU and other organizations to use them.”
In 2014, Tomsk State University received a RUB 150 million grant for the development of Tomsk Regional Center for Shared Use. The purpose of this project is to implement promising cross-disciplinary researches in cell and regenerative medicine. This fund will make it possible to enlarge the range of scientific and technical services provided by Tomsk Regional Shared Use Center.
About Tomsk State University
TSU is the oldest university in the Russian Asia, in Siberia, that was founded in 1878 in Tomsk, Russia. It was the First Siberian Imperial University. In TSU old and new traditions go hand in hand. However, the main mission of the university has remained the same since the time of its foundation: to be a classical educational university of research renowned for its education system that builds the academic process on the latest research results and enhances personal growth in the cultural and intellectual development. For the past 136 years of its existence the university has become a centre, which attracts creative and talented people, that generates advancement in science and exemplifies the best practices in Russian higher education.
For more than 15 years, OPTEC has been representing high-technology and innovative solutions for visualisation and analytics in fields of life science, medicine, material scence, nanotechnologies and industrial segment. OPTEC is a partner of the world leading manufacturers of unique equipment and supplies their best advanced technologies used in many well-known universities and research centers, laboratories, clinics, industrial facilities. This approach provides our customers the possibility to achieve and hold the leading positions in their fields of activities.
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