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NIH, Natcher Conference Center  Main Auditorium - Building 45, Bethesda, MD USA - April 19-21, 2006

A summary of the 2006 Frontiers in Live Cell Imaging Meeting has been published: Wang YL, Hahn KM, Murphy RF, Horwitz AF. (2006) From imaging to understanding: Frontiers in Live Cell Imaging, Bethesda, MD,April 19-21, 2006. J Cell Biol. 174:481-4 PubMed

Meeting Overview

Advances in microscopy of living cells over the past three decades have transformed the biological sciences. Critical developments have included fluorescence, confocal and two-photon optics, green fluorescent protein, photoelectronic detectors and image deconvolution. The future promises exciting new capabilities, such as visualizing single molecules, monitoring and manipulating molecular interactions, mining information in images, and seeing into complex tissues.

Modern microscopy has developed from a convergence of advances in cell manipulation, probe chemistry, solid state physics, electronics, optics, and image analysis. This meeting brings together leading scientists from these diverse fields to review recent progress, chart new directions, and promote interactions. The meeting will complement recent and forthcoming initiatives from the NIH that seek to promote imaging technology development and interdisciplinary research.

Yu-li Wang (Massachusetts), Rick Horwitz (Virginia)


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Sessions and Speakers

Keynote Lectures:
The Future of Live Cell Imaging

Astronomical Optics and Light Microscopy:
Common Challenges and Diverse Opportunities
R Ragazzoni (Osservatorio di Arcetri, Florence)

Probes and Sensors:
Contrast agents and their delivery and targeting in cells

RM Dickson (Georgia Tech)
KM Hahn (North Carolina)
G Marriott (Wisconsin)
A Miyawaki (RIKEN)
AY Ting (MIT)

Imaging Single Molecules:
New methods for the visualization of single molecules in vitro and in living cells

T Ha (Illinois)
WE Moerner (Stanford)
P Schwille (TU Dresden)
PR Selvin (Illinois)
NL Thompson (North Carolina)
X Zhuang (Harvard)

New Directions in Optical Imaging:
Advances in optics and instrumentation

E Betzig (HHMI)
E Gratton (UC Irvine)
C Larabell (LBNL, UCSF)
JW Sedat (UCSF)
T Wilson (Oxford)
XS Xie (Harvard)

Molecular Dynamics in Single Cells:
Applications of molecular imaging in cell biology

R Heald (Berkeley)
A Kusumi (Kyoto)
J Lippincott-Schwartz (NIH NICHD)
ED Salmon (North Carolina)
SM Simon (Rockefeller)
CM Waterman-Storer (Scripps)

Extracting Information from Images:
New methods for analyzing features and detecting patterns in image data sets

G Danuser (Scripps)
DL Donoho (Stanford)
R Eils (German Cancer Research Center)
RF Murphy (Carnegie Mellon)

Structural and Cellular Dynamics in Tissues:
Imaging cells in tissues and animals

JS Condeelis (Albert Einstein)
SE Fraser (Caltech)
P Friedl (Würzburg)
RC Reid (Harvard)
EHK Stelzer (EMBL)

Poster Sessions: The poster sessions are designed to promote informal interactions among investigators from diverse fields. Established and new investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and students are invited to present posters.

NIH Funding Opportunities: New funding initiatives will be discussed on the afternoon of the last day. NIH staff will discuss strategies for securing funding for technology development and applications.


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Co-sponsored by the Cell Migration Consortium and National Institute of General Medical Sciences.