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Institute resources

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute has invested in multiple facilities that provide shared equipment and services to meet members’ research needs

Charbonneau Microscope Facility

Facility overview

  • Online booking system accessible from everywhere
  • Training and troubleshooting available
  • Independent and supported use of instruments
  • Image analysis support provided
  • Consultation on experiment planning (sample preparation, selecting the microscope and application, acquisition settings, data analysis etc.)
  • Collaboration with researchers for demanding applications
  • Seminars, workshops, and courses on microscopy and imaging

Charbonneau Microscope Facility (CMF) User Agreement

Training Documents
CMF Microscopy Training Procedure
Locations of CMF Instruments

Pretraining Questionnaires

Image Analysis Services
Image Analysis preconsultation questionnaire
CMF Image Analysis service procedure

Zeiss Axiovert 200
  • Bright-field, phase contrast, DIC, and fluorescence
  • Zeiss AxioCam MRm camera
  • Suitable for imaging cells on dishes and bottles as well as slides
  • Hourly fee: $10/h

          AxioVert 200 Guide


Zeiss AxioObserver Z1
  • Bright-field, DIC, and fluorescence
  • Zeiss AxioCam MRm camera
  • Mainly for samples on slides
  • Hourly fee: $25/h
Zeiss AxioObserver Z1 with PALM
  • Laser ablation e.g. wound healing, DNA damage
  • Laser microdissection e.g. isolation of particular cells or parts of tissue
  • Equipped with a small CO2 incubator
  • Hourly fee: $35/h
Imaging Workstation
  • Dual monitors
  • Image processing and analysis
  • Hourly fee: $5/h
Zeiss LSM 880 with Airyscan
  • Laser confocal microscope
  • Increased resolution/sensitivity/speed
  • Equipped with a small CO2 incubator
  • Hourly fee: $45/h

Contact information

Dr. Aaron Goodarzi

Microscopy Specialist:
Dr. Anne Vaahtokari

All inquiries about access and training:
Dr. Anne Vaahtokari
Tel: (403)-210 6045
Office location: HSC-2828

Charbonneau Shared Equipment

Charbonneau Shared Equipment – individual investigators house equipment within their laboratory space, and are responsible for permitting access and providing relevant training to other Charbonneau members. The management and maintenance of this equipment is overseen by a dedicated Research Manager, Jackie Irwin.

Contact Information:
Jackie Irwin

For a complete list of shared equipment please click here

Clark H. Smith Tumour Bank

The Clark H. Smith Tumour and Related Tissue Bank is a biorepository at the University of Calgary that was established with the goal of advancing cancer research. We assist basic, translational and clinical cancer research by collecting and providing high quality tumour and blood samples, and their derivative biomolecules, to investigators.  Specializing in neurologic and pediatric diseases, the bank has provided material to investigators not only within Calgary but also nationally and internationally.

Clark H. Smith Tumour and Tissue Bank

Alberta Cancer Research Biobank

Alberta Cancer Research Biobank – A comprehensive resource for storage and distribution of high quality specimens to facilitate transformative cancer research and innovations in banking.

Alberta’s Tomorrow Project

Alberta’s Tomorrow Project – The largest research study ever undertaken in Alberta. Its primary goal is to discover more about what causes cancer, so that it may be prevented in the future.

University of Calgary – Centre for Advanced Technologies (CAT)

University of Calgary – Centre for Advanced Technologies (CAT) – is the umbrella under which the Cumming School of Medicine has gathered core facilities that offer significant research support. These include research platforms providing many of the essential technologies to support contemporary biomedical research across many domains of activity (genomics, proteomics, cellular and medical imaging, and bioinformatics). These platforms are complemented by basic service facilities