Budget

Activity Report

Budget Report and Expenditure Programme

TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS ON FURTHER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SERVICE/INSTRUMENTATION : Gabriele Baj, Ph.D.
Department of Life Sciences University of Trieste
 
0039-040558-3895 E-mail: confocal@units.it or gbaj@units.it

· The Confocal Microscope Core Facility started its official activity at the end of the year 2008. At the beginning of 2010 already 12 different Laboratories from different Departments and 3 Extramural Users gained access to the Confocal Microscope Facility of the University of Trieste

· We are currently evaluating collaborations with further external users and companies.

· The using time in 2009 was of 180 hours for UNITS users and extramural users

For all the services offered in 2009, the Microscopy confocal facility was able to collect € 1240.

The sum collected will be entirely devoted to the maintenance of the lasers, microscope and computer according to the following priorities:

1. Increase RAM memory to Microscope Workstation : DONE*

2. Increase HD storage capability in Microscope Workstation : DONE*

                                                       *To achieve these small improvements we used 120 euro from the year 2009 budget

3. Add a 407nm laser line to add capability to detect common DNA dyes: FUTURE                                                                                                                                                         (approx costs=Inquired)

4. Add a bright-field camera for transmitted light acquisition                       : FUTURE                                                                                                                                             (approx costs=Inquired)

5. Change exhausted lasers: (hopefully far)                                                       :FUTURE                                                                                                                                                    (approx costs=Inquired)

 

We plan to increase the knowledge of present and future Confocal Microscope Facility users organizing:

· A course on methods of sample preparation for confocal microscopy.

· A course on confocal microscopy image processing.

Any  income determined by these courses will be added to the Confocal Budget

Under development