France‐BioImaging is a large‐scale national research infrastructure. France-Bioimaging will deploy a distributed biological imaging infrastructure in a coordinated and harmonized manner. At the frontier between molecular and cell biology, biophysics and engineering, mathematics and bioinformatics, France-BioImaging gathers, several outstanding biological Imaging Centers supported by state of the art R&D teams with the aim to cover recent advances in microscopy, spectroscopy, probe engineering and signal processing. Thereby France-BioImaging will provide quantitative measurements, computational analysis and an integrative understanding of a wide range of cellular and tissular activities.
France-BioImaging is a highly pluridisciplinary project with participants in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Computer science and engineering. The strength of the France-BioImaging consortium is to put efforts together to overcome technological barriers persisting at different levels of Cellular Imaging. Different solutions for each challenge are proposed among different nodes, justifying a second level of France BioImaging organization as shared technological and methodological Work Packages.
- Break the frontiers of knowledge through our research programs in cellular and developmental biology.
– Strengthen the attractiveness and competitiveness of France through developments of new instruments made available to the whole community
– Bring together research and innovation thanks to our collaborative projects with over 10 industrial partners.
France-BioImaging is a priority in the road map of the research development strategy of the CNRS. France Bioimaging members are strongly involved (through the French Networks of the CNRS, GDR2588 and RTmfm) in the strategy documents of the ITMOs BCDE and TSI of Aviesan.
France-BioImaging is directly linked to the “Euro-BioImaging” project in the roadmap of ESFRI European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. France-BioImaging represents the national structuration that will be the link between French resources in cellular imaging and the goals at stakes in the EuroBioImaging project.
Stefan Hell, Eric Betzig and William Moerner have been honoured with the highest scientific award for Nobel prize for Chemistry this year for the revolutionary developments in super-resolution microscopy. Stefan Hell developed principles of Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy and Eric Betzig and William Moerner laid the foundation for single molecule microscopy. Both methods allow scientists to visualize individual molecules in cells on nanometer range, a resolution that was until recently considered unreachable. It was a rare honor and a real pride for the organizers of the CNRS summer school MiFoBio2014, one a the major training/teaching event of the GDR MIV and France-BioImaging community, to have welcomed among its distinguished speakers Eric Betzig who was awarded the day after his conference !