MDRC Morphology and Image Analysis
The primary objectives of the MDRC Morphology and Image Analysis Core (MIAC) are to provide expertise, advice, training, and equipment for the microscopic and morphometric analysis of biologic samples in support of research focused on diabetes, its complications or related endocrine and metabolic disorders. The MIAC provides access to a wide variety of microscope and imaging resources, which otherwise would be beyond the scope and resources of most investigators; the overwhelming majority of MDRC investigators who require such techniques rely on the MIAC to provide them and their staff with expert consultation, training and support for routine and advanced microscopy and image analysis techniques.
The purposes of the MIAC are to:
- Provide consultation and training in microscopy and optical image analysis for MDRC investigators
- Provide access to senior personnel highly skilled in microscopy and optical image analysis for MDRC investigators
- Provide access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for microscopy and optical image analysis for MDRC investigators
- Develop and/or implement new technologies for microscopy and optical image analysis beneficial to MDRC investigators
The MIAC is equipped with multiple confocal and epi-fluorescent microscopes and technology to analyze microscopic data. The core’s staff has expertise to operate and train patrons on the use of core equipment as well as perform post acquisition image processing, analysis and reconstruction techniques. The MIAC provides core patrons with access to the personnel, equipment, and services and subsidizes services for MDRC members. Consultation and training, access to skilled personnel and instrumentation are each essential to maximize the scientific utility of microscopy and morphometric analysis for the individual researcher.
Stephen I. Lentz, Ph.D., Laboratory Director, firstname.lastname@example.org; 734-647-8233