The Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node (FIALM) is a Euro-BioImaging Node in Finland that is a multimodal and multi-sited research infrastructure. It specializes in providing biological imaging and microscopy technologies and services accesible in Helsinki, Turku, and Oulu.
The Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node practices open-access policy which in practice means that any academic or industrial user is able to use services of the Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node. Contact us to inquire about possibily of using our infrastructure to do your research. The services of the Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node are open to local, national, 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 Euro-BioImaging Node include open access to state-of-the-art imaging technologies including laser scanning and spinning disk confocal microscopy, super-resolution imaging (STED, STORM, and TIRF), live cell imaging, a vast array of electron microscopy methods (2D and 3D Electron Microscopy, Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy (CLEM), mesoscopic imaging (SPIM and OPT) as well as consultation, instrument user training, and matters related to bioimage informatics.
Our Node Partners
The Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node has three Node partners: Helsinki BioImaging at the University of Helsinki, Turku BioImaging, a joint infrastructure at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, and Oulu BioImaging at the 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 outlined below.
Helsinki BioImaging 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 including CLEM (Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy) and 3D Electron Microscopy methods, and super-resolution imaging modality STORM (STochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy). Helsinki BioImaging research infrastructure is hosted at the University of Helsinki.
Turku BioImaging consists of Cell Imaging and Cytometry imaging core facility based in Turku Bioscience research centre.
Cell Imaging and Cytometry core facility 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. Cell Imaging and Cytometry core facility is a joint infrastructure 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 using SPIM (Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy) and OPT (optical projection tomography). In addition, Oulu BioImaging specializes in a wide range of electron microscopy methods including TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) offering both 2D and 3D imaging as well as offering CLEM (Correlative Light Electron Microscopy). Oulu BioImaging research infrastructure is hosted at University of Oulu.
The Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node is a partner of Euro-BioImaging, a European-wide research infrastructure that provides open-access to imaging technologies across Europe with 9 participating countries including Finland and 21 geographically distributed Nodes including the Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node.
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 on-site and online training activities such as courses and workshops to its users.