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Equipment to study strokes donated to the University of Malta

UOM receives EVOS®FL Auto Imaging System, equipment used to enhance the studies carried out by the Stroke Research Group

Staff Reporter
25 May 2016, 3:45pm
PhD student Jasmine Vella working on the new EVOS®FL Auto Imaging System with Prof Mario Valentino, researcher Dr Christian Zammit, Aaron Grima and Edwin Busuttil, Sales Executive and Managing Director respectively at E.J. Busuttil Ltd
PhD student Jasmine Vella working on the new EVOS®FL Auto Imaging System with Prof Mario Valentino, researcher Dr Christian Zammit, Aaron Grima and Edwin Busuttil, Sales Executive and Managing Director respectively at E.J. Busuttil Ltd
The University of Malta has received a donation of revolutionary high end equipment to enhance the study of the Stroke Research Group at the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry.

The new equipment, a fully automated EVOS®FL Auto Imaging System, was donated by E.J. Busuttil Limited of B’Kara, one of the leading distributors of healthcare and laboratory products, and facilitated through the University’s Research Trust (RIDT).

The EVOS®FL Auto Imaging System has been developed for advanced automated imaging applications, such as time-lapse imaging, multiwell plate scanning, image stitching and tiling, and cell counting. It comes   complete with an onboard computer, innovative LED light source, filters and an array of objectives that have been selected to meet the Stroke Research Group requirements.

Professor Mario Valentino, Head of the University of Malta’s Stroke Research Group, said that this important tool will allow researchers to eliminate the complexities of high-end microscopy while maintaining the highest levels of performance.

“This is a significant donation and we are extremely appreciative of our collaboration with E.J. Busuttil Ltd. This tool will provide us with high-quality imaging, easier than ever before. The ground-breaking design with integrated hardware/software, no bulbs, no alignment, no on-going costs or maintenance, will be very beneficial to our research team who is working on a very tight budget,” he said.

“As one of the leading distributors of healthcare and laboratory equipment, we are committed towards improving the quality of life of our community. Being of great assistance to the University of Malta, in its mission on stroke research, is another practical way how we can help,” managing director at E.J. Busuttil Ltd, Edwin Busuttil said.

The instrument has been shipped directly from the manufacturers and installed by a representative service engineer.

 “A gift, such as this one, is paramount to the University’s ability to be at the cutting-edge. We are very grateful to E.J. Busuttil Ltd for their equipment donation and to partnering with the University’s Research Trust,” Chief Executive of RIDT, Wilfred Kenely said.

IDT was set up to strengthen investment in high-calibre research and development across every faculty and to attract the necessary funds. Further information can be obtained from www.ridt.eu

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