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New instrument helps researchers see how diseases start and develop in minute detail
Date:10/21/2011

neuroscience but also for other research fields such as diabetes, cancer and inflammation, where similar obstacles limit our understanding of the basic molecular processes which lead to disease."

Professor Hindrik Mulder is one of the co-applicants for the project and he will develop and use the technology in diabetes research. Dr Vladimir Denisov from the Lund University Bioimaging Centre is leading the technical development within the project.

At present there are only a few polarisers in the world and Lund's newly built device is the only one in Scandinavia to be fully available for academic research.

"All the other equivalent instruments are purchased commercially and come with restrictions placed by the manufacturer. We therefore chose to take the longer and more complicated route of building the instrument ourselves", explains a pleased and proud Deniz Kirik.

Now that the instrument has become operational, the researchers have started on the first experiments. "This is the first of two steps", says Deniz Kirik. "The next step in this frontline research is to develop the unique technology by constructing an even more sophisticated polariser which will enable advanced experiments on animal models for various diseases."


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Contact: Deniz Kirik
Deniz.Kirik@med.lu.se
46-733-822-586
Lund University
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