The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) Imaging Center provides investigators with access to cutting-edge imaging technologies and expertise in the fields of electron microscopy, confocal, two-photon and super-resolution microscopy, to achieve tasks from ultrastructural visualization to subcellular imaging of live tissue. The Imaging Center offers training, support, and advice concerning image acquisition, experimental design, and data analysis, and collaborates with investigators to develop novel imaging approaches and techniques.
High-resolution imaging is a critical tool for neuroscience and cell biology alike, with new technologies and methods constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Yet for individual laboratories, keeping pace with all the novel developments and breakthroughs, acquiring and maintaining new equipment, and understanding the intricacies of each imaging method is hard to do. Instead, the Imaging Center at the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) provides access to state-of-the art-imaging capabilities in conjunction with the necessary scientific expertise and experience in the fields of electron microscopy, confocal- and super-resolution microscopy. The Imaging Center offers training in use of the microscopes, provides technical assistance for imaging, sample preparation, labeling and other techniques, and assists with data and image analysis, experimental design and the interpretation of experimental results. In collaboration with researchers, the Imaging Center develops novel techniques to overcome existing experimental limitations and to advance the field. Furthermore, the Imaging Center is actively engaged in the various education outreach initiatives at the MPFI, from training high school and undergraduate interns to teaching in advanced imaging courses and workshops. Finding the right tool for the job is difficult – we are here to help.