An ultra-small two-colour fluorescence microscope for intravital imaging
Two-colour Intravital Miniscope (T-CIM)
Fluorescence microscopy finds wide application in the health and life sciences, but fluorescence microscopes are often bulky and expensive. This consortium will develop a portable low-cost intravital fluorescence microscope tailored for regenerative medicine, neuroscience or cancer research. The development of the miniature two-colour fluorescence imager will be catalysed by partnering with Everix Optical filters and the 4th Physics institute at the University of Stuttgart.
By creating a low-cost portable microscope for two-colour fluorescence imaging, the technology becomes accessible to scientists on a tight budget, or those that would like to scale up their research in a cost-effective manner. Moreover, the miniature microscopes will facilitate intravital imaging of tumour growth, tissue regeneration or prevalent neurological conditions in animal disease models. This should significantly advance research and find cures for numerous diseases that have both a large economic and societal impact.