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FOP Friends secure grant funding for research microscope
FOP Friends are thrilled to announce that we have successfully applied for a grant from The Hospital Saturday Fund to fund a new research microscope at The University of Oxford’s dedicated FOP research department.
This EVOS XL Core Imaging System/microscope will allow visual comparison of bone growth between cells containing the FOP mutation and unaffected cells in the lab. The equipment will be used on a daily basis to check the health of the cells and to take images of cells at intervals to record the changes that occur as they turn into bone. Additionally, this equipment will be used to assess the effectiveness of drugs that inhibit bone formation.
“This microscope is much more advanced than the model we currently have, the main benefit being that images can be taken at various time points during the course of the experiment, an essential aspect of the work.” said Dr Georgina Kerr, researcher at the Oxford FOP department. “Another huge advantage of this microscope is that it can be placed inside a tissue culture hood, which is essential for the correct maintenance of the cell lines and to ensure sterile conditions are maintained".
On 11th March 2016, Paul from The Hospital Saturday Fund visited the FOP Friends office and presented a cheque to FOP Friends Chairman, Chris Bedford-Gay. We are delighted to have the Hospital Saturday Fund’s support and are excited to see the microscope at work in the FOP Oxford research labs soon. For a video example of this imaging system at work click here.