Contact Information

Elina Ikonen
HFIC Coordinator
Institute of Biomedicine/Anatomy
Biomedicum Helsinki
University of Helsinki
PO BOX 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Helsinki Functional Imaging Center (HFIC)

Helsinki Functional Imaging Center (HFIC) is an infrastructure that unites a comprehensive array of imaging centers, providing expertise and access to high-end state-of-the-art imaging equipment, from optical, electron, and material microscopy, to high content screening, tomography, and preclinical in vivo imaging. These facilitate structural and ultrastructural analyses of molecules, organelles and materials, and their respective functional and dynamic properties in live cells, tissues and animals in various biological, physiological, and disease models.

HFIC integrates the activities of ten core facilities with associated member laboratories, with 28 full-time support personnel. HFIC currently supports some 890 customers from the major Finnish universities, hospital districts, private and national research institutes, commercial companies, and from EU and non-EU countries.

The aim of HFIC is to coordinate the imaging activities within the capitol Helsinki area, providing an interface for the distribution of information on resources, activities and training.

HFIC is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture as one of the most significant national level research infrastructures, and is a stakeholder of the Euro-BioImaging pan-European research infrastructure project on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap. HFIC is a member of the European Light Microscopy Initiative (ELMI) and European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR).

HFIC and the affiliated core facilities currently receive financial support through the Biocenter Finland Biological Imaging and Genome-wide Methods infrastructure networks, EATRIS Systems Microscopy Network of Excellence EU-FP7, Biocentrum Helsinki, Academy of Finland, Aalto University School of Science, and University of Helsinki.


The HiLIFE imaging infrastructure platform will hold it's first constitutive meeting on Tuesday the 10th of May, 14:00 - 16:00 at Biomedicum 1, Department of Anatomy (1st floor), room B101.

All units planning on running a life science imaging infrastructure under HiLife is asked to send a representative to the meeting.

The aim of the meeting is to get ready for the HiLife infra call:
Stage 1: Call for letters of intent, deadline May 25, 2016
Stage 2: Call for full proposals, deadline September 5, 2016

More information in Flamma.
Please register to the event.