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Texas A&M opens Olympus Discovery Center


Malea Murphy, head of the Integrated Microscopy and Imaging Laboratory, uses a multiphoton microscope at the Olympus Discovery Center at the Texas A&M Health Science Center

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Texas A&M University now houses an Olympus Discovery Center, sponsored by the Japan-based optics maker, opening up new capabilities in medical imaging for researchers at the university.

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The systems support a wide range of applications in basic science and human disease research.

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The center, which officially opened on March 8, offers researchers from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and across the university access to Olympus’ FLUOVIEW. FV3000RS Inverted Confocal Microscope for High Speed ​​Live Cell Imaging, FVMPE-RS gantry multiphoton microscope for high-resolution deep tissue imaging and VS120 virtual slide scanner for automatic and optimized digitization of whole slides.

These microscopy systems support a wide range of applications in basic science and human disease research, including neurodevelopmental disorders, behavior, and adaptation to injury and disease; the role of innate and adaptive immunity in cancer, molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer initiation and pathogenesis; pathophysiology of the cardiac, vascular and lymphatic systems in aging and disease; and inflammatory responses and pathological conditions related to inflammation and immune dysfunction.

“The capabilities these systems bring will enable our researchers to make great strides in our ongoing efforts to study human disease, develop effective healthcare solutions, and improve patient care,” said Hubert Amrein, Senior Associate Dean research at the College of Medicine.

Through the center, the Olympus-Life Science division will also provide Texas A&M researchers with free training and the opportunity to test and evaluate the company’s new microscopy technology.

The center is housed in the college’s Integrated Microscopy and Imaging Laboratory, which provides microscope systems and technical expertise to university researchers. The facility has six microscopy rooms, support facilities and an image processing station.

“These tools provide Texas A&M scientists with new opportunities for cutting-edge research and discovery,” said Andreea Trache, associate professor of medical physiology at Texas A&M and director of the center. “We are grateful to Olympus for this support.”

Texas A&M is the fifth university in North America to house an Olympus Discovery Center; the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Maryland, the University of Montreal and McGill University also house centers.