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Helsinki Functional Imaging Center (HFIC)
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Helsinki
Haartmaninkatu 8, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, PO: 00014 (Finland)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2006
Scientific Description
HFIC is an infrastructure that unites a comprehensive array of imaging centers, providing expertise and access to high-end state-of-the-art imaging equipment, from optical, electron, and material microscopy, to high content screening, tomography, and preclinical in vivo imaging. These facilitate structural and ultrastructural analyses of molecules, organelles and materials, and their respective functional and dynamic properties in live cells, tissues and animals in various biological, physiological, and disease models.HFIC integrates the activities of ten core facilities with associated member laboratories. HFIC currently supports some 890 customers from the major Finnish universities, hospital districts, private and national research institutes, commercial companies, and from EU and non-EU countries.The aim of HFIC is to coordinate the imaging activities within the capitol Helsinki area, providing an interface for the distribution of information on resources, activities and training. Currently, HFIC is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland, as one of the most significant national level research

RI Keywords
Electron microscopy, Multiphoton microscopy, Focused ion beam microscopy, CARS microscopy, Nanomicroscopy, Scanning probe microscopy, Confocal microscopy, Non-linear optical imaging, Cell based high content screening, Preclinical in vivo imaging, Functional imaging
RI Category
Biomedical Imaging Facilities
Translational Research Centres
Genomic, Transcriptomic, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facilities
Micro- and Nanotechnology facilities
Materials Synthesis or Testing Facilities
Structural Biology Facilities
Scientific Domain
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Biological and Medical Sciences
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HFIC offers an access to a comprehensive array of high-end imaging equipment, ranging from optical, electron, and material microscopy, to high content screening, tomography, and preclinical in vivo imaging. The services are available for all researchers, irrespective of their locations or affiliations.

Equipment and methodologies available includes the following

Laser scanning confocal microscopy; Spinning disk confocal microscopy; Widefield microscopy; Super resolution microscopy; Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy; Fluorescence lifetime imaging; CARS microscopy; Multiphoton microscopy; Non-linear optical imaging; Intravital microscopy; Label-free imaging; Red-shifted photo-switchable proteins; Transmission electron microscopy; Scanning electron microscopy; Cryo-electron microscopy; Focused ion beam microscopy; Scanning probe microscopy; Scanning tunneling microscopy; Atomic force microscopy; Optical projection tomography; Optical in vivo imaging; CT imaging; Magnetic resonance imaging; Nano SPECT/CT imaging. Cell culture labs and animal facilities available as well as research and technical staff to support in design of the experiments and the use of the equipment.

European Light Microscopy Initiative (ELMI)
Finnish BioImaging Network
European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR)
Nordic Imaging Network
Biocenter Finland
Nordic Microscopy Society (SCANDEM)
Date of last update: 24/10/2013
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