Inauguration of the Cryo-EM Facility at INL

February 2, 2023

Today, February 2, the CryoEM-PT – National Advanced Electron Microscopy Network for Health and Life Sciences facility was inaugurated at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, in Braga – Portugal.

The inauguration took place in the presence of Interim Director General – Paulo Freitas, the Scientific Coordinator of AEMIS Facility – Paulo Ferreira, the Alderwoman of Braga – Olga Pereira, the FCT President – Madalena Alves and CCDR-N President – António Cunha.

The CryoEM-PT initiative comprises a central node at INL – where a state-of-the-art Cryo-Electron Microscope has just been installed – and several other nodes distributed throughout the country, from North to South. The new infrastructure will soon be available to the scientific and industrial community, particularly in Health and Life Sciences. 

Cryo-Electron Microscopy is a state-of-the-art technique fundamental to structural biology and health research, allowing cells and their components to be observed with unprecedented precision. This will allow the study of issues associated with cancer, viral infections, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson, as well as the design, development and administration of drugs.