On Friday 24th of March, we were honored to welcome Mrs Corina Creţu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, accompanied by M. Paul Magnette, Minister-President of the Walloon Region. The purpose of the visit, which also included a tour in Charleroi, was to show how the European Regional Development Funds were used to foster the economic reconversion of Charleroi into sectors such as scientific research in Life Sciences. Mrs Creţu and her team seemed impressed by the development of the Biopark. They were also curious about the various techniques and instruments we showed them. A very agreeable visit!

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On Tuesday 21st of March, we were pleased to welcome His Excellency Jaya Ratnam, ambassador of Singapore in Belgium, at the CMMI. His Excellency and his team explained to us which research fields are strategic topics for the Lion City. We also discussed about relationships between the CMMI and the imaging facilities in Singapore. The ambassador’s team declared that the tour was “impressive and interesting”.

Explorer l’Invisible

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Faut-il encore présenter Explorer L’invisible ? La collection d’images de sciences réalisées par les chercheurs de l’Université de Mons a déjà été admirée par plus de 27.000 personnes en Belgique et en France. Fort de ce succès, l’UMONS a proposé aux quatre autres universités de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles de présenter, ensemble, dans le cadre de « Mons 2015 », une version inédite et inter-universitaire de l’exposition ! C’est ainsi que pour la première fois l’UCL, l’ULB, l’ULg, l’UMONS et l’UNamur exposeront conjointement les plus beaux clichés obtenus par leurs chercheurs, tous domaines et toutes techniques confondus ! L’exposition sera installée dans la superbe Salle des pas perdus du nouveau Palais de Justice de Mons.

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Flyer-Ei-2015

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Mol Microbiol

Identification of Trypanosoma brucei components involved in trypanolysis by normal human serum. Lecordier L, Uzureau P, Tebabi P, Pérez-Morga D, Nolan D, Schumann Burkard G, Roditi I, Pays E. Mol Microbiol. 2014 Sep 2. doi: 10.1111/mmi.12783. (Featured cover)

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Kidney Stone

‘Kidney Stone’ is one of FEI’s September image contest winners. http://www.fei.com/image-contest/2014/monthly-winners/

Category: Human Body

Kidney Stone

Courtesy of Prof. David Pérez-Morga

False-colored SEM image of the surface of a kidney stone. Urolithiasis is a common condition, with a prevalence of about 10%. Various types of urinary calculi have been described upon their mineral content and/or their morphology. The depicted stone is made of calcium phosphate crystals. François Jouret, Romy Gadisseur, Marjorie Vermeersch, David Pérez-Morga. Université de Liège-CHU ; Université libre de Bruxelles-CMMI.

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2014 FEI Image Contest Monthly Winners

2014 FEI Image Contest Monthly Winners

Dendritic Cell

Courtesy of Prof. David Pérez-Morga

False-colored SEM image of a migrating mouse dendritic cell (5.2 µm), showing membrane projections known as lamellipodia (green). Dendritic cells are sentinels of the immune system that are posted in peripheral tissues, ingest intruders and then migrate to the lymphoid organs. There, they expose some of their digested protein fragments (antigens) using their cell membrane as a showcase, report on the intruder and interact with- and instruct effector immune cells known as T-lymphocytes. Sophie Uzureau, Daniel Monteyne, Etienne pays and David Pérez-Morga, Université libre de Bruxelles.

Image Details
Instrument used: Quanta SEM
Magnification: 19588.2x
Horizontal Field Width: 3.584 µm
Voltage: 20 kV
Spot: 3.0
Detector: ETD SE