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The inaugural NDORMS Imaging Competition saw a fantastic collection of submissions of microscopic things which have a great impact in our bodies. The winners were announced at an Imaging Symposium held at the Kennedy Institute.

The competition was launched by the Institute’s Microscopy and Imaging Facility to showcase exciting imaging studies taking place across the Department. 

The Symposium included talks from Oxford researchers Prof Robin Choudhury, Dr Bart Cornelissen, Prof Shankar Srinivas and Dr Kseniya Korobchevskeya, as well as from Prof Miep Helfrich from the University of Aberdeen. The speakers discussed how state-of-the-art imaging techniques are being applied to visualise the behaviour of molecules and cells in tissues to better understand cardiovascular inflammation, tumour growth, embryogenesis and bone repair. 

In his opening remarks, Professor Michael Dustin described how Oxford’s tremendous capabilities in imaging creates unique opportunities for collaboration across scientific fields. Speaking of the Symposium he said: “This is a great opportunity to highlight outstanding imaging being done in NDORMS and to build bridges to other centres of excellence with unique capabilities in Oxford and the UK.  For example, Prof Helfrich introduced the power of 3D block face scanning electron microscopy, which is accessible to NDORMS researchers through an instrument at nearby Oxford Brookes University.”

The winning images were selected by Oxford imaging experts Andrew Jefferson, Graham Brown, Ian Dobbie and Carina Monico and announced as:

Light Microscopy (Histology)

  • Marcia Curtinha, Masson’s Trichrome Staining of Femur (joint 1st Prize)
  • Jessica Malzahn, Hope in Endometriosis (joint 1st Prize)

Advanced Epiflourescence/Confocal/MP Microscopy

  • James Felce, Basophil Swarm (1st Prize)
  • Sam Olechnowicz, Myeloma Infiltration (2st Prize)

Super-Resolution Microscopy

  • Stefan Balint, Actin Mesh in Primary T cells (joint 1st Prize)
  • Kseniya Korobchevskaya, Cell Cultured on Gelatin-Coated Glass (joint 1st Prize)

Whole Body Imaging

  • Ana Espirito Santo, Fracture Healing in Real Time (1nd Prize)
  • Houfu Leng, Osmium Stain Locates Bone Marrow Adipocytes (2nd Prize)

Electron Microscopy

  • Edward Stace, Connections (1st Prize)
  • Navraj Nagra, SEM of decellularised human debris (2nd Prize)

The winners received a £150 or £100 cash prize and a certificate presented by NDORMS investigators including Prof Andrew Carr and Prof Fiona Powrie.

The Symposium organisers Prof Michael Dustin, Dr Anjali Kusumbe and Dr Volodymyr Nechypouk-Zloy would like to thank Zeiss, Perkin Elmer, Olympus, CoolLED, K-Tec and Atlantic Imaging Limited for their kind sponsorship of the event.

 

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