Grant Success for BLS Cancer Researchers

Proliferating fibroblasts © Proliferating fibroblasts
Proliferating fibroblasts

Lancaster researchers Dr. Alexandre Benedetto and Dr. Richard Mort have been awarded £50k by North West Cancer Research (NWCR) with a £56k contribution from Lancaster University to acquire a next generation spinning disc microscopy platform.

The new system will support all cancer-related projects at Lancaster University that increasingly require multi-channel superfast confocal fluorescence imaging of live samples. The Mort and Benedetto labs aim to improve the temporal resolution of cell cycle phases definition, to uncover new molecular processes that can be targeted by cancer therapies.

The Crest Optics X-Light V3 represents the next generation of X-Light spinning disk confocal micscopes. It relies on the cutting-edge technology, advanced optical design approach and engineering solutions developed by CrestOptics to meet the very high-end specifications required by most of the modern fluorescence microscopy applications. The spinning disk design together with the careful design of the optical layout enhances sensitivity and image clarity. It is the first confocal unit which allows dual camera imaging at the full field of view of 25mm on both cameras.

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