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Hokkaido University

Mission

Nikon Imaging Center at Hokkaido University (NIC@HU) is a facility for novel biological microscopy available to researchers both in Hokkaido University and throughout Japan. It was established by significant contribution from Nikon Instec, and is supported by the following corporations supplying both microscopy equipment and experimental materials:
Chuo Precision Industrial Corporation, Goryo Chemical, Hamamatsu Photonics, JASCO Corporation, Life Technologies Japan, Nippon Roper, Opto-Line(supplied for optical filters by Semrock), Promega Japan, System Brain, Solution Systems (supplied for deconvolution software "Huygens" made by Scientific Volume Imaging), Tokai Hit Corporation and Yokogawa Electric Cooporation.

There are currently eight Nikon Imaging Centers worldwide: Harvard Medical School(NIC@HMS), University of Heidelberg(NIC@HD), Hokkaido University(NIC@HU), University of California at San Francisco(NIC@UCSF), Singapore Bioimaging Consortium(NIC@SBIC), Curie Institut(NIMCE), North Western University(NIC@NU) and King's College London(NIC@King's).

NIC@HU is finished for endowed chair and funded research departments at September 2011 and started to belong to Research Support Departmen at institute at April 2012. Then we keep suporting to all researchers for our equipmemts.

The main activities of the NIC@HU are:

  • Providing the latest microscopy and imaging devices for basic and advanced biological research.
  • Training courses on bio-imaging from beginner to advanced levels.
  • Support users to enable them to use microscopes correctly and with confidence. Also to ensure optimal setup and data analysis for the relevant experiment.
  • Develop new microscope setups and imaging techniques in response to feedback and ideas from users of NIC@HU.

 

Systems Available

A1Rsi with a Ti-E Inverted Microscope

The A1si is a powerful point scanning confocal microscope system suitable for a broad range of applications, particularly spectral resolution and rapid imaging. The A1R comes equipped with a unique hybrid scan head, incorporating both an ultra high-speed resonant scanner and a high-resolution galvano scanner, enabling simultaneous bleaching/photoactivation and acquisition. The enhanced spectral imaging capabilities feature acquisition of a 32-channel spectral image (512 x 512 pixels) with a single scan in 0.6 second. 512 x 32-pixel images can be captured at 24 fps.

 


Ti-E PFS Inverted Microscope System

The Eclipse Ti-E with Perfect Focus is Nikon's market leading inverted microscope system offering improved system speed, increased flexibility and efficient multi-mode microscopy as part of a fully-integrated microscope system that is ideal for high-end research and live cell imaging. Perfect Focus is Nikon's exclusive focus correction system that combats axial focus fluctuations in real time during long-term imaging investigations.


Eclipse TE2000E TIRF

The Eclipse motorized inverted microscope has been replaced by Nikon’s Eclipse Ti-E inverted research microscope. 

Combining TIRF and epifluorescence set-up for (live) imaging with a great variety of wavelengths, the Nikon TIRF system is an inverted and fully automated Eclipse Ti-E microscope with both widefield fluorescence and brightfield illumination and with objective TIRF illumination.


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