Location: Basement (Room B04), Queen Square House.
The facilities of this inter-departmental Unit are shared with the Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
The Unit offers comprehensive facilities for specimen preparation and use of Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopes.
A full technical service is provided for non-EM users from Departments within the host Institutions and from outside.
The Electron Microscope Suite houses
the Jeol 1200EX and Jeol 120CX Transmission Electron Microscopes,
the Philips CM10 Transmission Electron Microscope and the JSM35
Scanning Electron Microscope. In addition, the adjacent
Preparation Laboratory Area provides several ultramicrotome bays
and work areas. Lynx automated tissue processors and two recently
acquired Reichert-Leica AFS systems are available for the
preparation of samples for TEM and SEM examination. The darkroom
facility has two Devere Varicon black and white photographic
enlargers and an automated print processing system.
The Unit is currently investigating the options available for upgrading the current imaging system to a digital system, but for the foreseeable future, there remains the option for continued use of conventional film and photographic printing facilities.
Kerrie Venner, Technical Manager
Telephone: 020 344 84287
Dr Mike Groves, Biomedical Scientist
Telephone: 020 344 84220
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Examples of specimen preparations in our EM Unit
Peripheral nerve; semi thin resin section, MBA-BF stain
Peripheral nerve: teased fibre preparation
Peripheral nerve: Electron microscopy; widely spaced myelin)
|Transmission Electron Microscopy sample preparation charges, includes one hour EM time per sample|
|Standard machine processing into resin, per run||£40|
|Hand processing into resin, per run||£100|
|Preparation of semi thin section, each block||£20|
|Preparation of set of stained grids, each block||£35|
|Scanning Electron Microscopy sample preparation charges, includes one hour EM time per sample|
|Machine processing of sample, critical point drying (including consumables and 2 hours SEM examination time), sputter coating with gold||£180|
|With Osmium thiocarbohydrazide treatment||£200|
|Additional time on TEM or SEM and use of ancillary preparation equipment (VAT free)|
|Per half day||£80|
|Tuition on TEM and SEM and Processing methods|
|Examination of grids by us|
|Other technical procedures, such as dissection|