Take a Look at the Latest Research Using MBF Systems (week of 4/8/13)

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Our systems were mentioned in 21 published research papers last week alone.  Take a closer look at some of the research…

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Visit Us at Experimental Biology 2013 in Boston

BC_ss2Experimental Biology 2013 will take place on April 20-24 in Boston as scheduled and MBF will be in attendance. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the recent tragedy in Boston.

Visit us at booth #968 and learn about the benefits of using Biolucida Cloud for medical education. Biolucida Cloud is software that simulates the experience of using a light microscope when used in conjunction with virtual slides. It contains effective learning management tools that allow educators to share virtual slides with students for in-class lectures, online courses, course work, and tests.

To learn more about using virtual slides in medical courses, we invite you to attend “Histology Teaching: Past, Present And Future” (April 22, 2:30pm, room 104AB). This symposium features a talk by Drs. Robert Ogilvie and Roger Sawyer. They will discuss their experiences teaching a popular online histology course at the University of South Carolina.

Biolucida Cloud is also a powerful tool for research. Drs. Gaillard, Karten, and Sauvé recently published a paper in the Journal of Comparative Neurology that includes access to their entire data set in the form of virtual slides. Anyone who is interested can view the virtual slides with the free Biolucida viewer.

Jack Glaser, President of MBF Bioscience, and Nathan O’Connor, Product Manager, will be at our booth to answer your questions and provide demos for Neurolucida, Stereo InvestigatorWormLab, and more. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

{Gaillard, F., Karten, H. J., & Sauvé, Y. (2013). Retinorecipient areas in the diurnal murine rodent Arvicanthis niloticus: A disproportionally large superior colliculus. Journal of Comparative Neurology. DOI: 10.1002/cne.23303}

 

 

Take a Look at the Latest Research Using MBF Systems (week of 4/1/13)

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Our systems were mentioned in 11 published research papers last week alone.  Take a closer look at some of the research…

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  • Chattopadhyaya, B., Baho, E., Huang, Z. J., Schachner, M., & Di Cristo, G. (2013). Neural Cell Adhesion Molecule-Mediated Fyn Activation Promotes GABAergic Synapse Maturation in Postnatal Mouse Cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience33(14), 5957-5968. doi: 10.1523/​JNEUROSCI.1306-12.2013
  • Ueta, Y., Otsuka, T., Morishima, M., Ushimaru, M., & Kawaguchi, Y. (2013). Multiple Layer 5 Pyramidal Cell Subtypes Relay Cortical Feedback from Secondary to Primary Motor Areas in Rats. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht088

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Take a Look at the Latest Research Using MBF Systems (week of 3/24/13)

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Our systems were mentioned in 14 published research papers last week alone.  Take a closer look at some of the research…

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  • Farrow, K., Teixeira, M., Szikra, T., Viney, T. J., Balint, K., Yonehara, K., & Roska, B. (2013). Ambient Illumination Toggles a Neuronal Circuit Switch in the Retina and Visual Perception at Cone Threshold. Neuron. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2013.02.014
  • Hay, E., Schürmann, F., Markram, H., & Segev, I. (2013). Preserving Axo-somatic Spiking Features Despite Diverse Dendritic Morphology. Journal of Neurophysiology. doi: 10.​1152/​jn.​00048.​2013
  • Hofacer, R. D., Deng, M., Ward, C. G., Joseph, B., Hughes, E. A., Jiang, C., … & Loepke, A. W. (2013). Cell‐age specific vulnerability of neurons to anesthetic toxicity. Annals of Neurology. doi: 10.1002/ana.23892 
  • Innocenti, G. M., Vercelli, A., & Caminiti, R. (2013). The Diameter of Cortical Axons Depends Both on the Area of Origin and Target. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht070                                      Continue reading “Take a Look at the Latest Research Using MBF Systems (week of 3/24/13)” »

Bringing Virtual Slides to the Medical Education Classroom with Biolucida Cloud 2.0

BC_liverMicroscopes and glass slides are on their way to becoming obsolete in medical and science courses. MBF Bioscience just unveiled Biolucida Cloud 2.0, software that simulates the experience of using a light microscope, complete with the ability to focus through specimens. This software enables educators to integrate virtual slides — high-resolution digital images of specimens mounted on glass slides — into their course materials and tests.

Thanks to Biolucida Cloud 2.0, educators and students are no longer bound to the traditional classroom and lab, and the limitations of glass slides are a thing of the past.

According to Nate O’Connor, Product Manager, “educators can be sure that every student sees the same images, and they can give all students experience with rare cases without putting delicate glass slides at risk.”  Students can access tissue specimens from home or the library and “it’s much easier to collaborate with study groups using a computer monitor instead of taking turns looking through oculars,” adds O’Connor.

Biolucida Cloud’s architecture is specially designed to allow many users to simultaneously access big images (with file size reaching hundreds of gigabytes) and navigate through them quickly and smoothly. Moreover, it also allows educators to use any 2D or 3D virtual slide, whether it was acquired with a slide scanner or imaging software.

Visit our website for more information, or register for our free Biolucida webinar on April 10, 2013.

April Webinar: Using Biolucida Cloud for Creating & Utilizing Educational Material for Medicine & Science

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On April 10 (12-1pm EDT), discover the educational benefits of using virtual slides for teaching histology and pathology with Professor Robert Ogilvie and Dr. Nathan O’Connor. The presenters will create educational course materials and simulate teaching during the webinar so that attendees can experience Biolucida from both the educator’s and the student’s standpoints.

Through a practical demonstration of Biolucida Cloud, attendees will learn how to organize virtual tissue and whole slide imagery into presentations ideal for educational purposes. The demonstration will include slide organization, visualization, annotation, and integration with third-party teaching solutions such as Blackboard. You will also view presentations from a student account, to see Biolucida from the student’s perspective.

Robert W. Ogilvie is Professor Emeritus at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC) and Visiting Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina.

Nathan O’Connor is Product Manager at MBF Bioscience.

Biolucida Cloud is a new tool for educators and researchers that performs efficient storage, organization, viewing, annotation, and presentation of 2D and 3D virtual slides and their supplemental imagery (e.g., confocal images) over the internet or a LAN. Biolucida can be integrated into existing IT infrastructure, exist on a stand-alone server, or truly reside in a Cloud resource provided by MBF Bioscience.

Visit our website to register for our free webinar “Using Biolucida Cloud for creating & utilizing educational material for medicine and science” which will take place Wednesday, April 10 at 12 noon (US EDT).

Celebrating 50 years of Computer Microscopy (1963 – 2013) Part II: The Impact of the Computer Microscope on Neuroanatomical Analysis

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Overall view of the  computer microscope developed by Drs. van der Loos and Glaser (circa 1965).

Prior to the computer microscope era, quantitative neuro-anatomical studies were performed using the camera lucida method, an optical method allowing the scientist to see the neurons as if reflected on the piece of paper on which she will trace. These studies were painstaking and extremely time-consuming. Van der Loos and Glaser’s computer microscope was truly groundbreaking  in that it reduced analysis times dramatically, from twenty-four hours with the camera lucida and hand calculation techniques, to only thirty minutes with the computer microscope. Accuracy was also greatly improved thanks to accurate distance measurements in all three coordinate axes. Continue reading “Celebrating 50 years of Computer Microscopy (1963 – 2013) Part II: The Impact of the Computer Microscope on Neuroanatomical Analysis” »

Take a Look at the Latest Research Using MBF Systems (week of 3/17/13)

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Our systems were mentioned in 21 published research papers last week alone.  Take a closer look at some of the research…

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With WormLab, Worm Detection and Tracking Has Never Been So Simple – Find Out With a Free Trial.

wormlab_detectWormLab is already contributing to a variety of research projects from the study of neurodegeneration at Johns Hopkins, to research on neural circuit function at UMass, neurotransmitter transporters at Vanderbilt University, and explorations into how the brain controls growth and fat metabolism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Why? WormLab is intuitive, fast, and yields an astounding amount of data very quickly.

Try it with your own data by downloading a 15-day free trial from our website to find out if WormLab is the right tool for you. Technical support comes with the free trial so please don’t hesitate to contact us while you are using WormLab. Our friendly and helpful technical support team will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Take a Look at the Latest Research Using MBF Systems (week of 3/11/13)

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Our systems were mentioned in 18 published research papers last week alone.  Take a closer look at some of the research…

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