U. Mayor is awarded $ 240 million and becomes the only private institution among the winners of the Fondequip.

09-09-2019

Microscopio

09-09-2019

The project, presented by academics from the Center for Integrative Biology, was one of 28 selected from 168 applicants, and will allow the acquisition of state -of- the art microscope, which will also be the first of its kind present in a university in South America.

Great news. A few days ago it was announced that the Universidad Mayor was the only private institution to win the Fondequip Medium Scientific and Technological Equipment Contest, which each year the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, Conicyt.

Our house of studies was awarded $ 240 million, the highest amount distributed by the entity, which will allow to acquire a state-of-the-art LightSheet Zeiss Z1 microscope to perform cutting-edge science.

For the Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Patricio Manque, this represents an important achievement, given that it is the first time that the Universidad Mayor has been awarded this competitive fund: in 2019, 168 projects were nominated and only 28 were selected.

"This fact confirms that as a University we are developing high-level research and it shows that the research we are doing is relevant for Chile and the world," he said.

The authority added that this technology "will increase our capabilities in microscopy, complementing what we already have and making available a team for the entire national scientific community, which will enhance cooperation with other institutions."

A unique team in South America

The project was presented by researchers from the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB), Leonardo Valdivia and Joaquín Letelier, supported by Ramón Ramírez, coordinator of the Microscopy Unit of the CIB.

Dr. Valdivia explained that "with this LightSheet Zeiss Z1 microscope we can document details of living and fixed biological material, at an unprecedented level."

He added: “The equipment we will obtain is the result of years of progress in this branch of microscopy and will allow us to observe the intimacy of the development of various embryos, the extension of axons, the growth of plant roots, the birth and activity of neurons in brains of whole organisms, as well as being able to observe inside other tissues and organs on a scale that had simply been inaccessible to microscopy. The device will allow us to document biological processes in a context close to normal physiology and will open a unique window to discover new secrets of living systems. ”

In addition, records of fixed samples of large volumes that are commonly unable to capture completely by high magnification lenses in traditional fluorescence microscopy can be obtained. This quality of the microscope will allow advanced techniques such as CLARITY and expansion microscopy, a booming technique that allows you to physically expand the samples to obtain better resolutions.

According to Dr. Letelier, "it will certainly help position the Universidad Mayor as a pole of frontier science and world quality."

The microscope is also the first of its kind in South America, which will impact the work they do in the CIB and the quality of the publications. "We will be a reference center for this technology, we will be able to generate science, research and obtain results in collaboration with other groups," said CIB director Dr. Felipe Court.

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