Core Facility: New spectrum of methods opened by special devices

State-of-the-art large-scale facilities ensure access to cutting-edge international research

24/10/2018

Bioimaging and cell analytics as well as biomechanics and tissue engineering: these research fields gain access to the new state-of-the-art large-scale facilities at two locations on Campus Krems. The new research infrastructure is provided to Danube University Krems, the Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences and the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. Therefore the method spectrum and support of existing connection to international medical research shall be expanded.

At two Krems campuses the state-of-the-art large-scale facilities are from now on available for research in the fields of bioimaging and cell analysis as well as biomechanics and tissue engineering. The new research infrastructure, financed with around 3.2 million euros by the Province of Lower Austria, the Lower Austrian Health and Social Fund (NÖGUS), will be used by Danube University Krems, the Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences and the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. It is intended to expand the range of methods and support the existing connection to international medical research.

Two locations, joint use
The new large-scale facilities will primarily benefit the two research fields of bioimaging and cell analysis as well as biomechanics and tissue engineering. They are located at two locations on the campus and complement the equipment of the Biomedical Laboratory at Danube University Krems and the Laboratory of the Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences. The scientists from the three universities can jointly use the entire equipment, which is also available for external partners.

Inflammation and material compatibility as a cross-section
The three institutions participating in the Core Facility approach inflammation, a cross-cutting topic, i.e. the field of inflammation, differently. Sepsis therapy, the contact of tissue with biomaterials, as well as topics of regenerative medicine are the focal points. Another cross-sectional topic is the testing of biomaterials for their compatibility for clinical use. Here, research is called upon to prove whether incompatibilities or inflammations might occur in tissues.

Devices open up new spectrum of methods and ensure competitiveness
The new equipment on Campus Krems opens research opportunities at the three universities on Campus Krems to expand their range of methods significantly and leads to answers by using modern analytical methods as well as visualizations in bioimaging and cell analysis. The MicroCT utilized in biomechanics enables non-destructive material testing, and the new laboratory equipment at the Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences is unique in Austria in this combination.

Thus the new Core Facility also provides the basis for publication of scientific findings at the highest level. At the same time, it promotes young scientists to familiarize with the latest medical science methods at Campus Krems.

Building block of Lower Austria's FTI strategy
The Core Facility is a concrete implementation of the Lower Austrian FTI strategy. The Core Facility was established with funds from the Lower Austrian Research, Technology and Innovation Program and the Lower Austrian Health and Social Fund (NÖGUS).

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