The Finnish Node
The Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy (ALM) Node is a multimodal and multi-sited research infrastructure that specializes in imaging and microscopy, services of which are available in Helsinki, Turku, and Oulu.
The open-access policy is practiced at every site within the Finnish Node with any academic or industrial user able to avail of services offered by the Finnish Node. Moreover, the services of the Finnish Node are open to local and international users. The prices and reservation procedures are readily available on Web Pages of respective imaging core facilities.
In practice, the services of the Finnish Node include open-access to state-of-the-art imaging technologies including confocal (laser scanning and spinning disk) and super-resolution microscopy (STED STORM, TIRF), live cell imaging, a vast array of electron microscopy methods (CLEM and 3D electron microscopy), instrument user training, and matters related to data management and image analysis.
The Finnish Node has three Node partners: Helsinki BioImaging at University of Helsinki, Turku BioImaging, a joint infrastructure at University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, and Oulu BioImaging at University of Oulu.
Node partners provide an impressive range of modern imaging and microscopy technologies and expertise, and in addition, they have their own unique imaging specializations. Helsinki BioImaging provides expertise in electron microscopy including CLEM (correlative light and electron microscopy) and 3D electron microscopy (3D EM), super-resolution imaging technologies STORM (stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy) and TIRF (total internal reflection fluorescence) microscopy, Turku BioImaging provides super-resolution STED (stimulated emission depletion) microscopy, and Oulu BioImaging specializes in mesoscopic imaging using SPIM/LSFM (selective plane illumination microscopy/light sheet fluorescence microscopy) and OPT (optical projection tomography).
Helsinki BioImaging, a partner of the Finnish Node, consists of three imaging core facilities (Biomedicum Imaging Unit, Light Microscopy Unit, and Electron Microscopy Unit) that offer open-access to imaging technologies broadly categorized into light (fluorescence) microscopy and electron microscopy.
Helsinki BioImaging is particularly renowned for live cell imaging, electron microscopy (EM) including CLEM (correlative light and electron microscopy), and super-resolution modality STORM (stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy). Helsinki BioImaging research infrastructure is hosted at University of Helsinki.
Turku BioImaging, a partner of the Finnish Node, consist of one imaging core facility, Cell Imaging Core, and the administration office, Turku BioImaging, that hosts the Finnish Node and the Finnish component of the Euro-BioImaging Hub team.
Cell Imaging Core offers open-access to light microscopy technologies and has expertise in super-resolution imaging technologies including STED (stimulated emission depletion microscopy), SIM (structured illumination microscopy), and TIRF (total internal reflection fluorescence) microscopy. Turku BioImaging and Cell Imaging Core are joint infrastructures of Åbo Akademi University and University of Turku.
Oulu BioImaging, a partner of the Finnish Node, consists of one imaging core facility, Tissue Imaging Center, that offers open-access to imaging technologies broadly categorized into light (fluorescence) microscopy and electron microscopy.
Oulu BioImaging has extensive expertise in mesoscopic imaging of large living and fixed samples that include FULL LIST using SPIM/LSFM (selective plane illumination microscopy/light sheet fluorescence microscopy) and OPT (optical projection tomography). In addition, Oulu BioImaging specializes in a range of electron microscopy methods including TEM (transmission electron microscopy) and SEM (scanning electron microscopy). Oulu BioImaging research infrastructure is hosted at University of Oulu.
The Finnish Node is a partner of Euro-BioImaging, a European-wide research infrastructure that provides open-access to imaging technologies across Europe with 11 participating countries including Finland and 29 geographically distributed Nodes including the Finnish Node. The number of participating countries is expected to increase when Euro-BioImaging would complete its interim operation and enter the full-scale operation with the establishment of Euro-BioImaging ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) in 2019.
The main goal of Euro-BioImaging is to facilitate open-access to imaging technologies to users who normally do not have access to necessary instrumentation and to users who would like to access advanced imaging technologies to enhance the understanding of their research project, gain international experience, and foster scientific collaborations yielding new discoveries and high-end peer-reviewed publications. In addition, Euro-BioImaging offers educational events such as courses and workshops to its users and members of Node staff.