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Advanced light microscopy core facilities: Balancing service, science and career

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Item Type:Review
Title:Advanced light microscopy core facilities: Balancing service, science and career
Creators Name:Ferrando-May, E. and Hartmann, H. and Reymann, J. and Ansari, N. and Utz, N. and Fried, H.U. and Kukat, C. and Peychl, J. and Liebig, C. and Terjung, S. and Laketa, V. and Sporbert, A. and Weidtkamp-Peters, S. and Schauss, A. and Zuschratter, W. and Avilov, S.
Abstract:Core Facilities (CF) for advanced light microscopy (ALM) have become indispensable support units for research in the life sciences. Their organizational structure and technical characteristics are quite diverse, although the tasks they pursue and the services they offer are similar. Therefore, throughout Europe, scientists from ALM-CFs are forming networks to promote interactions and discuss best practice models. Here, we present recommendations for ALM-CF operations elaborated by the workgroups of the German network of ALM-CFs, German Bio-Imaging (GerBI). We address technical aspects of CF planning and instrument maintainance, give advice on the organization and management of an ALM-CF, propose a scheme for the training of CF users, and provide an overview of current resources for image processing and analysis. Further, we elaborate on the new challenges and opportunities for professional development and careers created by CFs. While some information specifically refers to the German academic system, most of the content of this article is of general interest for CFs in the life sciences.
Keywords:User and Staff Training, Instrument Performance Tests, User/Staff/Instrument Ratio, Core Facility Administration, Microscopy Room Requirements
Source:Microscopy Research and Technique
Page Range:463-479
Date:June 2016
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1002/jemt.22648
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