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Nikon Instruments opens Microscopy Centre at Institute of Experimental Medicine in Budapest

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Nikon Instruments has partnered with the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Science KOKI in Budapest, Hungary to open the first Nikon Microscopy Centre (NMC) in Central Europe. The centre will allow neuroscience researchers access to microscopy and imaging systems provided by Nikon.

Nikon has made a major investment in the new centre, the total value of the equipment at the NMC is around €1,050,000.00. Systems include the Eclipse Ti-E with TIRF and the new super-resolution N-STORM and the Eclipse FN1 with C1plus, ideal for live cell and deep tissue imaging.

"The centre will make an important contribution to the development of neuroscience imaging techniques and further our research immensely, enabling us to maintain our position in the international mainstream of neuroscience research. We were pleased to partner with Nikon, who have collaborated with other leading organizations to launch several similar centres in the past," commented Professor Tamas Freund, Director of the Institute.

Mr Eimori, President of Nikon Instruments Europe, explained that, "The Institute of Experimental Medicine is a key neuroscience research centre in Central Europe. This is a very important relationship for us and we are delighted to be working with them. Over the past few years Nikon has been the world leader in developing innovative imaging systems that can provide unique solutions to live cell and deep tissue imaging. Through this partnership, we can anticipate providing some of the world's leading researchers in neuroscience with the tools they need to develop novel approaches in this area.”

He added, “Nikon’s team in Europe is looking forward to using the NMC at IEM for demonstrations to other interested customers and we welcome Dr Laszlo Barna as the Head of NMC.”

The Institute of Experimental Medicine is only research institute in Hungary dedicated exclusively to medical research. Its activity focuses on basic biomedical research, primarily in the field of neuroscience, including studies on neurotransmission, learning and memory, behavior, ischaemic and epileptic brain damage, as well as the central and peripheral control of hormone secretion.

The research teams at the institute employ multidisciplinary approaches: traditional, well-established methodologies combined with novel approaches in cellular and molecular biology, as well as with patch clamp and calcium imaging techniques.