Park Systems to Sponsor Upcoming AFM Bio-Imaging Forum

The Japanese Society of Microscopy has announced that Park Systems Japan will be the sponsor for its upcoming AFM Bio-Imaging Forum.

Set to take place at WINC AICHI (room 1303) in Nagoya on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011, the forum will invite leading Japanese scientists and researchers who apply state of the art AFM techniques to study biophysics, biochemistry, and cell biology. The topical meeting will cover studies of a wide range of biological objects from protein and molecule to tissue and cell, including evaluation of the mechanical property.

"Park Systems is a significant player in the AFM industry," says Prof. Jiro Usukura of Nagoya University, chairman of the Kansai chapter. "We are very excited to work with Park Systems and hold this important topical meeting for Japanese researchers."

The forum will be divided into two sessions. In the first session, Prof. Ando of Kanazawa University, Prof. Ogino of Yokohama National University, and Prof. Yamada of Kyoto University will talk about AFM imaging of protein and biomolecule dynamics. The second session will invite four renowned users of Park Systems' XE-Bio, Prof. Usukura of Nagoya University, Prof. Ushiki of Niigata University, Prof. Okajima of Hokkaido University, and Prof. Sokabe of Nagoya University, who will present unique bio-imaging results of live cells in liquid, in vitro, with AFM and scanning ion conductance microscope (SICM). Especially Prof. Sokabe will discuss about SICM's significance for studies of nanoscale electrophysiology and its future. Also, Dr. Sang Joon Cho of Park Systems will summarize the recent progress of bio-imaging using AFM/SPM.

"A serious discussion forum to share the current state of bio-imaging studies by AFM has been long overdue, especially in Japan," says Dr. Mineharu Suzuki, General Manager of Park Systems Japan. "It is our pleasure to help more active communication among researchers at the forefront of AFM-based bio-imaging. "

For more information or to register for the AFM Bio Imaging Forum, visit the website at or contact [email protected].


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