Winners of GE Healthcare 2012 Cell Imaging Competition announced

  Winners of GE Healthcare 2012 Cell Imaging Competition announced

Stunning cellular images to light up Times Square, New York

Competition celebrates art, science and discovery

Business Wire

CHALFONT ST GILES, England -- February 27, 2013

GE Healthcare Life Sciences today announced Jane Stout, from the United
States, Anushree Balachandran from Australia and Markus Posch from the UK as
the winners of the GE Healthcare 2012 Cell Imaging Competition. With over
15,000 votes cast in a public vote, the winners can now look forward to seeing
their prize-winning cellular images displayed in Times Square, New York on NBC
Universal’s HD screen at a special event on April 19-21, 2013.

Jane Stout, School of Medicine, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA Image
Description: Metaphase ep ...

Jane Stout, School of Medicine, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA Image
Description: Metaphase epithelial cell stained for microtubules (red),
kinetochores (green) and DNA (blue). Disease focus: Cancer (Photo: Business
Wire)

Now in its sixth year, GE Healthcare’s annual competition showcases the beauty
of cells and the inspiring research conducted by cellular biologists around
the world. In 2012, for the first time, there were two categories for
submission; High-Content Analysis and Microscopy. The competition attracted
over 100 entries from researchers who are investigating at the cellular level
conditions such as cancer, HIV, and neurodegenerative disease. An expert
scientific panel of five judges* shortlisted the finalists for each category,
which then went forward to the public vote.

The full details of the three winners are:

1^st place - Microscopy category

Jane Stout, School of Medicine, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Disease focus: Cancer

1^st place – High-Content Analysis category

Anushree Balachandran, Genea, Sydney, Australia
Disease focus: Huntingdon’s disease

Regional winner - Microscopy category

Markus Posch, Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression, University of Dundee,
UK
Disease focus: Cancer

Eric Roman, General Manager of Research and Applied Markets, GE Healthcare
Life Sciences, said: “This year’s winning images are as beautiful and
compelling as ever. Not only can they be appreciated from an aesthetic point
of view, but they remind us of the cellular complexity behind disease and why
the study of cells is so important. We were delighted to receive so many
outstanding entries to the competition, which highlights how high-content and
super-resolution cell imaging are helping scientists explore the universe of
the cell, and so advance our understanding of so many life threatening and
life-limiting diseases. We thank all the contestants for sending us their
images, the judging panel and everyone who cast a vote.”

The winning images and gallery of the 2012 Cell Imaging Competition are
available at www.gelifesciences.com/cellimagecompetition.

*This year’s shortlist was selected by Dr Kristie Nybo, Assistant Editor at
BioTechniques, Dr Julian Heath, Editor, Microscopy & Analysis, Dr Nick Thomas,
Principal Scientist, GE Healthcare, Dr Paul Goodwin, Science Director at GE
Healthcare, and former GE Healthcare Cell Imaging Competition winner Dr Leslie
Caron, Research Scientist at Genea.

Follow @GECellBiology on Twitter for updates on the competition and cellular
imaging,

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About the GE Healthcare 2012 Cell Imaging Competition
The Cell Imaging Competition, supported by BioTechniques, celebrates the
exceptional research of scientists across the world using IN Cell Analyzer,
DeltaVision™ Elite and DeltaVision OMX™ systems in their work. Voting started
on 19^th November and continued online until 2^nd January 2013. Alongside the
online voting, attendees at two conferences (ASCB, December 15-19, USA and
MBSJ, December 11-14, Japan) were also invited to vote for their favourite.
The votes were combined to select up to a possible maximum of four winners.
One main High-Content Analysis winner, one main Microscopy winner, plus a
regional winner from any region not represented by the winners of these two
categories. The three regions are; North America; Europe, Middle East and
Africa; Asia and the rest of the world (including Australia and New Zealand).
Details of the judging panel can be found here and full terms and conditions
can be found here.

About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to
meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable
healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great
people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging,
software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery,
biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement
solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare
to their patients. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website
at www.gehealthcare.com.

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