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Cancer, Huntingdon’s Images Win Annual GE Competition

Mon, 03/04/2013 - 11:25am
GE Healthcare Life Sciences announced Jane Stout, from the United States, Anushree Balachandran, from Australia and Markus Posch, from the UK, as the winners of the GE Healthcare 2012 Cell Imaging Competition. With over 15,000 votes cast in a public vote, the winners can now look forward to seeing their prize-winning cellular images displayed in Times Square, New York, N.Y., on NBC Universal’s HD screen at a special event on April 19 to 21, 2013. 
 
Now in its sixth year, GE Healthcare’s annual competition showcases the beauty of cells and the inspiring research conducted by cellular biologists around the world. In 2012, for the first time, there were two categories for submission; High-Content Analysis and Microscopy. The competition attracted over 100 entries from researchers who are investigating at the cellular level conditions such as cancer, HIV, and neurodegenerative disease. An expert scientific panel of five judges* shortlisted the finalists for each category, which then went forward to the public vote. 
 
The full details of the three winners are:
 
Jane Stout, School of Medicine, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
1st place - Microscopy category
Jane Stout, School of Medicine, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Image Description: Metaphase epithelial cell stained for microtubules (red), kinetochores (green) and DNA (blue).
Disease focus: Cancer 
 
 Anushree Balachandran, Genea, Sydney, Australia
1st place – High-Content Analysis category
 Anushree Balachandran, Genea, Sydney, Australia
Image description: Huntington's stem cell derived oligodendrocyte precursors stained for phalloidin (green), vinculin (red) and DNA (blue).
Disease focus: Huntingdon’s disease
 
Markus Posch, Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression, University of Dundee, UK
Regional winner - Microscopy category
Markus Posch, Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression, University of Dundee, UK
Image description: Prometaphase human cervical carcinoma (HeLa) cell with GFP-histone labeled chromosomes (blue) stained for tubulin (yellow).
Disease focus: Cancer
 
Eric Roman, General Manager of Research and Applied Markets, GE Healthcare Life Sciences, said: “This year’s winning images are as beautiful and compelling as ever. Not only can they be appreciated from an aesthetic point of view, but they remind us of the cellular complexity behind disease and why the study of cells is so important. We were delighted to receive so many outstanding entries to the competition, which highlights how high-content and super-resolution cell imaging are helping scientists explore the universe of the cell, and so advance our understanding of so many life threatening and life-limiting diseases. We thank all the contestants for sending us their images, the judging panel and everyone who cast a vote.”
 
The winning images and gallery of the 2012 Cell Imaging Competition are available online.
 
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