LMU user policy
All users are welcome to use LMU instruments. To gain access you must first fill the LMU user access form and arrange a short meeting with us. The link to the access form is in our Wiki. A training session will be arranged based on the meeting. After the training you will be granted reservation rights for the instrument. You can contact us by e-mail: lmu-staff at helsinki dot fi or by phone.
The beforementioned meeting is compulsory. You are required to prepare a 5 minute presentation of your project so that we can discuss specifics and possible problems. This allows us to choose the right equipment and tailor the training according to your needs. For example if you do not have previous experience with confocals the training is typically a 3-hour session depending on your samples. User training is charged according to the duration of a session. The access for the LMU facilities can be added to your magnetic key after the first training session.
If you are doing live imaging with GMO samples, the microscope rooms have to be included in your GMO work application. Human pathogens are not allowed on LMU premises.
Reservations for the light microscopy unit equipments are done through a web based application at https://lmu-reservations.biocenter.helsinki.fi/Web/. The reservations are made in half hour blocks. Minimum reservation time for confocals and Cell-IQs is 1h.
Instructions for the reservation system are on our Wiki, including the info how to access the system from outside of the University of Helsinki network.
Try to make reservations so that prime time is used efficiently. Mark the lasers you are going to use. This is important information in order to let the previous user know which lasers can be shut down to extend their life time. On applicable systems use the option to select the temperature and CO2 usage for your reservation. The reservation system will show reservations with 37C -options in red on the calendar view. 37C option is right one for experiments made at 30-40C, just add the exact temperature you want to the Description field if it is something else than 37C. If you want to make your experiment at room temperatures use the RT-option. It takes 2h to warm up a microscope and one hour to cool it down. and reservation system requires you to leave enough time between reservations for this. If you want to use the microscope during the warm up or cooling down, ask LMU staff to make a reservation for you. LightSheet microscope does not take extra time to change temperature.
LMU staff provides basic training and troubleshooting during prime time at no extra cost. More advanced services like imaging your samples or analyzing your images can be done either as scientific collaboration or fee for service. On scientific collaboration we charge the used equipment time and on fee for service the equipment time + operator cost. On large projects the fees are negotiable.
LMU retains the right to manage user data on LMU network storage and LMU administrated computers (including HY-data folder) in order to free diskspace as necessary by moving data therein to external non-secure media.
The LMU personnel would greatly appreciate, if Light Microscopy Unit was mentioned in the acknowledgements in research publications containing imaging data acquired in or with support of LMU, or when LMU staff contributed significantly to the image analysis. Here are examples of a sentences that can be used:
We kindly ask to send a notification about your LMU-supported publication to the head of the imaging facility: Kimmo dot Tanhuanpaa at Helsinki dot Fi.