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Posted: June 9, 2010

Radboud University and Park Systems Organize Ion Conductance Microscopy Applications Workshop

(Nanowerk News) Park Systems, the leading nanotechnology solutions partner of nanoscale measurements and systems for both research and industry and The Institute for Molecules and Materials(IMM) at Radboud University, are co-organizing the workshop for Ion Conductance Microscopy, to be held at Radboud University, June 24th, 2010. This workshop of invited and contributed talks will cover the recent advances in live cell measurements using Ion Conductance Microscopy (ICM) techniques, as well as the state of the art SPM studies of various biological systems. The meeting will also include an equipment lab for demonstration of the XE-Bio and various ICM imaging techniques.
Major topics to be covered include:
  • Live cell Measurements by ICM
  • Investigation of electrolyte-nonconductor interfaces by ICM
  • Studies of the dynamics of membrane formation and destruction by ICM
  • "Cell is a fundamental building block underlying all biological systems. Countless efforts have been made from various fields of science and technology to better understand this complex system. With the existing research tools available today, it has been difficult, if not impossible, to perform nanoscale studies of single living cells, said Dr. Ryan (Young-kook) Yoo, the Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing at Park Systems. He also mentioned, "Now, we are opening a new chapter in the study of live cells using Ion Conductance Microscopy (ICM). This technological advancement may provide a unique and unprecedented opportunity in single live cell studies by enabling targeted localized stimulation and non-destructive monitoring of cellular activity heretofore inaccessible to other analytical techniques. The goal of this workshop is to build a network of scientists centered on the applications of ICM and to promote dissemination of theoretical knowledge, experimental protocols, and novel technique development in this rapidly growing area."
    About Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), Radboud University
    IMM is an interdisciplinary Graduate Research School within the Faculty of Science at Radboud University. It organizes the coordinated effort by chemists, physicists and biological chemists of IMM to carry out fundamental and application-oriented research in the field of molecular functional structures and functional materials of nanometer dimensions. Established in 2005, IMM is the successor of the research school NSRIM, founded in 2001. IMM is a highly interdisciplinary research institute comprised of 20 research groups active in areas ranging from condensed matter nanoscience to (bio)chemical synthesis and with unique experimental facilities ranging from a High Field Magnet Laboratory and a Free Electron Laser under construction to the state of the art Scanning Probe Microscopy facility in IMM's NanoLab.
    About Park Systems
    Park Systems serves its customers by providing a complete range of AFM solutions including AFM systems, options and software, along with global service and support. Park Systems is the technology leader of nanoscale measurements and systems for both research and industry. The product line of Park Systems reflects its focused strength to help customers achieve the metrology performance that meets the needs and requirements of present and future applications. Since improvements in nanometrology are key to enabling tomorrow's research, analysis, processing and product manufacturing, the innovative technology and market leadership of Park Systems in the field of nanmetrology will remain as the core competence and market driving force of its future business. Park Systems' manufacturing and engineering facilities are located in Suwon, South Korea. Global sales and service offices are located throughout the U.S., Japan, and Singapore.
    Source: Park Systems (press release)
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