Connecting the Mexican Bioimaging Community
Understanding the molecular architecture of the human body requires advanced microscopy techniques and specialized infrastructure and knowledge. Adoption of advanced imaging techniques in Mexico has historically lagged behind developed nations in part due to the physical lack of access to microscopy infrastructure.
This group will lay the groundwork for forming a Mexican bioimaging community through a decentralized educational workshop program based in existing imaging core facilities that brings together imaging and biomedical researchers. Twelve hands-on workshops on microscopy will take place within educational and governmental scientific institutions in Mexico (UNAM, CICESE, INECOL, CICY, CIO, INCAN, INB) covering the north, central and south regions of the country. Six events will focus on fundamentals of microscopy, while the remaining will cover advanced topics such as laser microdissection, multidimensional imaging, and superresolution microscopy. Additionally, collaborative technology education efforts will address the growing needs of image analysis and proper data interpretation through virtual workshops discussing issues ranging from principles of image analysis to the use of artificial intelligence for advanced imaging. Each workshop will include an outreach event to bring awareness to the value of bioimaging as a contributor to scientific and social development.
This project will stimulate collaboration between existing core facilities, disseminate best practices, improve facility access, and create a platform for future growth and integration of the bioimaging community in Mexico.