New technologies for biological sample preparation and for biological image acquisition and analysis have brought the spatial resolution of fluorescence microscopy into realms attained previously only by electron microscopy and have helped to transform both light and electron microscopy from descriptive to quantitative sciences. Analyses of the spatial distribution and dynamics of proteins in biological images can now reveal the spatiotemporal regulation of cell signaling pathways and begin to differentiate cancer cell phenotypes. Analyses of time-dependent changes in in situ gene expression pattern images can provide insight into gene network responses to receptor activation. EM tomography can be used to determine the architecture and dynamics of cytoskeletal machines within cells and tissues. The ability to mine the information in biological images at different scales of resolution and complexity is providing a deeper understanding of physiology and pathogenesis for the biomedical sciences as well as new research opportunities and challenges for computational and physical scientists and engineers.
Systems Imaging: Applications in Immunology and Cancer is a two-day exploration of the latest developments in five key research areas:
A truly outstanding group of nationally-recognized investigators will present their recent research, complemented by invited speakers from the New Mexico research community. A poster session will feature the work of faculty, postdocs and graduate students from all the New Mexico labs and universities and, hopefully, from neighboring states. The event is free, although registration is requested and attendance will be capped at 150 participants. All participants are encouraged to submit poster abstracts aligned with one of the subject areas.