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IGMM hosted the 2017 ESRIC Symposium attracting over 100 researchers

The 2017 Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC) Symposium welcomed over 100 researchers from Edinburgh Universities and others from the central belt: January 2017

ESRIC 2017 Symposium

The mix of speakers, from a range of disciplines from Biochemistry, Biophysics and clinical sciences that utilise microscopy, created a truly interdisciplinary environment.

The ESRIC Symposium began with a launch of Andor’s new imaging platform, Dragonfly, which was beta tested by researchers at the MRC Human Genetics Unit. Stunning research images acquired by Carol-Anne Martin, Ronan Mellin, Luke Boulter and Alessandro Brombin from the MRC-HGU were displayed in a completely different way.

Professor Wendy Bickmore, MRC HGU Director, opened the afternoon’s programme, discussing successes of the internationally recognised ESRIC project. A series of interdisciplinary talks described projects which have developed or benefitted from the ESRIC consortium in the past two years. Research progress was demonstrated, made when leading Biologists interact with Chemists to develop new probes for areas ranging from Magnesium sensing to Cancer drug delivery. Interaction between Biophotonics and developmental biologists has developed better tools for visualising disease development, including single molecule imaging using light microscopy and atomic force microscopy.

Professor Rory Duncan, Director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University, closed the ESRIC Symposium providing an inspiring vision for the future of the consortium. The day ended with a vital networking session where opportunities for new interdisciplinary collaborations could be initiated and developed and posters from ESRIC PhD students were presented.

For more information about the conference programme and speakers see here: http://www.cgem.ed.ac.uk/imaging-conf/talks