With over 50 fantastic images submitted to the Optiscan LMA Image Competition, the selection panel were unable to separate 2 wonderful entries.
The 2017 joint winners of the image competition are;
Vinod Sundaramoorthy, CSIRO, ANHL, Geelong
Title: Microfluidic in vitro model for synaptically connected human neurons.
Description: Induced pluripotent stem cell derived human neurons were cultured and differentiated for 24 days in a microfluidic chamber, where the two panels containing the neuronal cell bodies were separated by 150 μm long micro-channels in the centre. These micro-channels only allow the neuronal axons to pass through them and synaptically connect the human neuronal networks on both sides of the micro-channels. This is a maximum intensity projection of a stitched tile image taken with a 20x objective (Z-stack – 39 slices, 39.9 μm and 21 tiles (2.04 mm x 892.84 μm). In the image the neurons are stained with MAP2 (green) a mature neuron marker and tubulin (violet). ---- and ---- Arthur Chien, Microscopy Unit, MQ
Title: Moment in the Brain.
Description: Microglia and neurons cells in the hippocampus. Image was captured using a confocal microscope. The varying colours reflect the cells at different position within the brain.