VAI Scientist Wins Photo Honors

October 5, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — An image of invading breast cancer cells captured by James H. Resau, Ph.D., scientific investigator at the Van Andel Institute, was recognized Thursday as one of the top 100 images in the annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.

Resau’s image, “Human breast carcinoma,” was displayed last week at the Explorers Club in New York City. It will be featured along with the other 99 top images in a 2008 wall calendar.

“I’d used the image before in lectures because it shows the movement of cancer cells into tissue so well,” Resau said. “It helps people visualize what it really means when we say cancer cells ‘invade.’” 

Photomicrography captures an image from a microscope and makes it available for review by researchers, clinicians or students. The Nikon Small World Competition is considered the leading forum for showcasing “the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the microscope.”

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