CZI Imaging Tools: napari
A community-built, Python-based, open-source tool for browsing, annotating and analyzing large multi-dimensional images.
“We want napari to help not just Python practitioners, but also biologists and other scientists who want to access Python's enormous scientific ecosystem.”
Frontiers of Imaging
What if researchers could view how drugs alter the behavior of cancer cells and invade immune cells deep in the body? Or visualize how viral or bacterial pathogens hijack normal cellular functions to reproduce themselves? Such insights would open up new avenues for developing treatments and cures for many diseases.
Although there have been significant advances in biomedical imaging, we are far from the ultimate goal: to observe cells and subcellular processes in living organisms and in a minimally invasive manner. CZI’s Frontiers of Imaging effort aims to accelerate the development of disruptive imaging technologies that connect biological scales—such as proteins to cells and cells to organisms. This will allow researchers to directly visualize biological processes at the necessary resolution and in context to obtain a mechanistic understanding of health and disease.
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Creating Community & Building Capacity
Innovations in imaging science—new technologies, imaging modalities, and data analysis approaches—are becoming increasingly important in advancing biomedical research. To accelerate the promotion, dissemination, and efficient use of new methods and tools, CZI is supporting scientists who operate imaging facilities, which serve as hubs of imaging expertise for local communities of biomedical researchers. CZI is also supporting imaging software fellows who develop and maintain three critical imaging tools: scikit-image, FIJI / ImageJ, and CellProfiler.
On a larger scale, fostering international communities of imaging experts, scientists, imaging facility operators, and policymakers is vital to address current scientific, technical, and data challenges. To facilitate these activities, CZI supports Global BioImaging (GBI), the international network of cutting-edge imaging facilities and communities, and GBI member BioImaging North America, which brings together imaging communities spanning the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
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