Huron Digital Pathology and MBF Bioscience Partner to Enable Large-scale, Repeatable Whole Slide Imaging Workflows for Life Science Research

MBF Bioscience now offers customized models of Huron Digital Pathology’s TissueScope™, a line of whole slide scanners, and supports TissueScope images across its range of analysis software.

October 23, 2018 – Huron Digital Pathology and MBF Bioscience are proud to announce their partnership to offer customized models of Huron’s TissueScope whole slide scanners integrated with MBF’s Stereo Investigator® – Whole Slide Edition, NeuroInfo®, Biolucida®, and BrainMaker® software. The partnership gives researchers new tools to visualize and analyze tissue specimens throughout entire organs, large and small, at high-resolution.

“Combining our analysis software with Huron’s whole slide scanners means that researchers can get the most advanced systems for large-scale, repeatable whole slide imaging workflows,” says Jack Glaser, President of MBF Bioscience. “We are pleased to partner with Huron Digital Pathology to provide Huron/MBF whole slide research systems. As the recognized leader in the fields of stereology, brain mapping, and neuron tracing, we are proud to offer systems with such a distinguished company as Huron. This partnership will now allow researchers to effectively work with microscopic specimens that range in size from mice brains to human brains. It is invaluable for researchers working with large brain specimens, especially those investigating the microscopic intricacies of the human brain.”

“By partnering with MBF Bioscience, our goal is to help accelerate life science research,” says Patrick Myles, CEO of Huron Digital Pathology. “Being able to scan any size tissue and then easily manage, visualize, and quantify the data opens up amazing new possibilities for scientific research and exploration.”

The partnership enables Stereo Investigator, NeuroInfo, Biolucida, and BrainMaker software to efficiently provide quantitative analysis workflows for large sets of slides from both individual tissue sections and series of tissue sections. Stereo Investigator – Whole Slide Edition offers analyses for counting and measuring morphological aspects relevant to disease state characterization. BrainMaker and NeuroInfo offer full-resolution section alignment and brain mapping. Biolucida offers slide management and slide access for viewing and analysis at unprecedented speeds from any web-enabled device. The customized versions of TissueScope scanners are available for purchase from MBF Bioscience.

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Visit MBF Bioscience at Booth 2235 at SfN 2018 in San Diego

Every year, we look forward to showcasing our new products and latest developments at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting. This year, from November 3 – 7, we’ll be at SfN 2018 in San Diego, at Booth #2235, where our team of expert scientists and engineers will be on hand to offer personalized demonstrations of all of our products.

This year, we are thrilled to introduce two major new software solutions: Vesselucida 360, an application for reconstructing microvascular networks in 3D, and NeuroInfo for automatic identification of brain anatomy in your sections.

We are also excited to showcase the following:

➛ Software and systems

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MBF Bioscience’s New Software Vesselucida 360 Reconstructs Microvascular Networks in 3D

Williston, VT – September 5, 2018 – Researchers studying microvascular networks and vessels have a groundbreaking new software application to facilitate their work. Developed by MBF Bioscience, Vesselucida® 360 automatically reconstructs and analyzes microvascular networks in 3D.

Specifically designed to recognize the intricacies of the vascular system, Vesselucida features sophisticated algorithms that quickly and accurately create 3D reconstructions of images and tissue specimens. Built-in analyses provide data on segments and node counts, frequency of anastomoses, as well as metrics on vessel surface and volume.

Automatic reconstruction of vascular structure labeled with tomato lectin
Image courtesy Dr. Stan Watson, University of Michigan, USA

Vesselucida 360 also features a full suite of tools, which lets researchers manually trace and edit 3D reconstructions to fine-tune particularly complex image data. Companion analysis software, Vesselucida Explorer performs sophisticated data analysis for scientists seeking answers to their most challenging research questions.

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MBF Bioscience Launches Stereo Investigator Whole Slide Edition for Quantitative Analysis of Whole Slide Image Data

Williston, VT – June 29, 2018 – MBF Bioscience is pleased to announce the launch of the Whole Slide Edition of Stereo Investigator. This is a new version of our renown Stereo Investigator software, designed especially for conducting stereology on images from slide scanners.

Featuring a streamlined, user-friendly interface, this new product includes a variety of probes for quantifying number, length, volume, and surface area of cells, structures, and regions of biological tissue. The software works with all 2D microscope images, and is an especially attractive solution for researchers who work mostly, or exclusively, with slide scanners.

The main benefits of Stereo Investigator – Whole Slide Edition include:
· Accurate, unbiased quantitative analysis of images from slide scanners
· Designed workflows and user-interface specifically for analyzing whole slide images
· Compatible with all popular slide scanning file formats
· Enhanced user interface that is easy to use for 2D stereology probes
· Integrates with our Biolucida image management system
· Affordable
· Includes MBF technical and scientific support
· Free trial versions are available

“We’re very excited about the opportunity this gives to many of our customers who want to use stereology to perform quantitative analysis of their whole slide image data. Stereo Investigator – Whole Slide Edition provides a powerful, lower-cost version of Stereo Investigator with a user interface designed specifically for 2D image data,” says MBF Bioscience Director of Sales & Marketing Mark Barton.

For over a decade, Stereo Investigator has been considered the gold standard for carrying out stereological studies on biological tissue, and is cited in peer reviewed publications ten times more than any other stereology system. With the release of Stereo Investigator – Whole Slide Edition, MBF Bioscience continues its dedication to further assisting the research of our valued customers.

For more information about Stereo Investigator Whole Slide Edition and to request a quote, visit http://www.mbfbioscience.com/stereo-investigator-whole-slide-edition

American Association of Anatomists Launches Virtual Microscopy Database powered by Biolucida

Free resource for educators and researchers features thousands of downloadable histology slides

Educators and researchers around the world now have free access to a database of whole slide images (also known as virtual slides) for histology and pathology. Featuring thousands of virtual slides contributed by 15 universities, The Virtual Microscopy Database, VMD, (http://www.virtualmicroscopydatabase.org/) is an online resource that allows educators to view and download virtual images and share their own.

Powered by MBF Bioscience‘s Biolucida® for Medical Education solution, VMD gives educators an overview of individual slides and allows examination of various parts of the image at magnifications up to 40x. The users can take a screenshot or download the file at any time.

Funded by an Innovations Program Grant awarded by the American Association of Anatomists (AAA), the resource was developed by researchers from the University of Colorado, Drexel University College of Medicine, and the University of Michigan with corporate support from MBF Bioscience. With thousands of freely accessible virtual microscopy images, the VMD helps meet a growing need for better access to histology slides among educators and non-profit research organizations. The AAA foresees the images being used in a variety of educational ways such as for lectures, exams, and for creating supplementary course material as well as for non-profit research initiatives.

Collection of Virtual Slides in the Biolucida Viewer

“The greatest strength of the VMD is the availability of a large number of high quality virtual microscopy images to its users. The diversity and multiple examples of histological variations available in the VMD collections will enable histology and pathology educators to elevate the quality of their teaching by exposing their students to a broader variety of images and by experimenting with new pedagogical techniques in their classrooms.” (Lisa Lee, Ph.D., University of Colorado)

“We are proud to be part of the AAA’s efforts to improve the access of histology and pathology digital slides for medical educators and students by providing the underlying technology for this important resource. Any of the virtual slides in this new resource can be downloaded and used on an organization’s Biolucida on-premise or cloud-based server,” says Jack Glaser, president of MBF Bioscience.

Individuals affiliated with educational or research institutions may register to access the database. Once approved, users can browse files, or search for specific types of tissue. Currently, the VMD site includes over 2,600 virtual microscopy files, but as new users join the VMD file sharing community that number will grow as will the diversity of tissue and species type.

About AAA:

The American Association of Anatomists was founded by Joseph Leidy in Washington, D.C. in 1888 for the “advancement of anatomical science.” Today, via research, education, and professional development activities, AAA serves as the professional home for an international community of biomedical researchers and educators focusing on the structural foundation of health and disease.

About MBF Bioscience:

MBF Bioscience produces advanced microscopy imaging and analysis systems for biomedical research and education. The award-winning company was co-founded in 1988 by Edmund and Jack Glaser.

www.mbfbioscience.com

Contact:

Nathan O’Connor, Ph.D.

Product Manager/Technical Sales

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NeuroMorpho.Org Releases Nearly 10,000 New Neuron Reconstructions and Neurolucida leads the way

Image Courtesy: Bob Jacobs, Ph.D. , Colorado College

With the release of its new version on November 28, NeuroMorpho.org adds 9,987 new images to its archive, bringing its impressive collection of digitally reconstructed neurons to 80,012.

Scientists used MBF Bioscience’s software, Neurolucida and Neurolucida 360, to reconstruct the majority of these cells. In fact, 64 times more neurons were reconstructed with MBF Bioscience software than those imaged by our closest commercial competitor – that’s 42,121 reconstructions compared to 656. This metric demonstrates that Neurolucida and Neurolucida 360 are truly the gold standards for neuron reconstruction.

Featuring contributions from hundreds of laboratories from around the globe, NeuroMorpho.Org is the world’s leading database of publicly accessible 3D neuronal reconstructions and associated metadata. From the dragonfly to the humpback whale, researchers have access to accurate and verified data from an array of different organisms. Arranged by animal species, brain region, cell type, or contributing laboratory, each file contains specific details about the cell’s morphology such as age, developmental stage, soma volume, and number of branches – all of which are searchable.

Recently, NeuroMorpho.Org hit the 8 million download mark, with researchers in 166 different countries accessing this valuable resource, and more than one thousand published articles referencing its data

MBF Bioscience unveils whole mouse brain automatic region delineation and cell mapping with the Allen Mouse Brain Reference Atlas

An experimental coronal mouse brain section automatically aligned to the Allen Mouse Brain Reference Atlas

Analyzing cellular populations within specific anatomies in brain images requires expertise in both neuroanatomy and cellular identification. This typically involves a scientist comparing experimental images with a reference atlas and manually delineating anatomical regions and marking cell populations within. NeuroInfo®, a revolutionary new technology from MBF Bioscience, enables researchers to automatically identify and delineate mouse brain regions based on the publicly available Allen Mouse Brain Reference Atlas.

“NeuroInfo has the potential to greatly improve our understanding of how mental disorders influence neuronal cell populations,” says Nathan O’Connor Ph.D., product manager at MBF Bioscience. “Because it makes identifying brain regions substantially faster and more accurate, researchers will be able to explore many more brain regions.”

“The Allen Mouse Brain Reference Atlas is a valuable tool to assist scientists in their research. We’re thrilled that MBF has chosen to integrate this resource into NeuroInfo,” stated Amy Bernard, Ph.D., Product Architect at the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

“Using this remarkable technology, neuroscientists will obtain more repeatable, objective analyses that have been possible to date. Thanks to the integration with the Allen Mouse Brain Reference Atlas, these analyses will be more standardized so that they can be compared across experiments and laboratories,” says Jack Glaser, President.

NeuroInfo can be used with MBF Bioscience’s slide scanning software and virtually all commercial whole slide scanners. The data from NeuroInfo seamlessly integrates with MBF Bioscience’s products including Neurolucida, Stereo Investigator, Biolucida, and BrainMaker.

The tools in NeuroInfo allow researchers to automatically delineate anatomies in the experimental specimens, and detect cells within these anatomies. NeuroInfo yields data that can be invaluable to better understand the organization and composition of the nervous system, and to further knowledge in neurogenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and connectomics.

The National Institute of Mental Health provides funding to support the development of NeuroInfo.

Visit us at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC

The SfN 2017 meeting is the culmination of an exciting year of new technological achievements at MBF Bioscience. Our new version 2017 of Neurolucida, Stereo Investigator, and Neurolucida 360 features a totally re-designed interface and has been an overwhelming success with our customers. We’ve also expanded the stereology family with Stereo Investigator Cleared Tissue edition and Stereo Investigator Whole Slide Imaging edition. And we have received wide enthusiasm for our new optogenetics stand for WormLab, our worm tracking software.

Come see our innovative new system that includes a high-speed, 4-channel laser confocal scanner for fast confocal whole slide imaging in both 2D and 3D. It is creating a new paradigm for big data image acquisition and analysis. You simply will not believe the slide scanning speed we will be demonstrating for confocal imaging.

Curious about new technologies for microvasculature analysis? Come and discover Vesselucida.

Tired of using a printed brain atlas and wish there was an easier way to identify the brain anatomy on your sections? Imagine technology that can automatically identify the anatomical region on your sections by just clicking on it! Come see our new automatic brain mapping technology that matches serial sections of mouse brain to the Allen Brain Atlas.

Visit us at booth #1637 to see the latest advancements in quantitative neuroscience research and learn how our “End-To-End” solutions for Image Acquisition – Image Management – Image Analyses will revolutionize the way you make your next discovery.

If you’ve visited our booth at SfN before, you know how busy we can be.  If you’d like to schedule an appointment to reserve the time to meet with us that works best for you, just use this online form.  Or just stop by to see us for a personalized demonstration of any of our software or imaging systems.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Researchers cited MBF Bioscience systems in 32 papers between 08/11/2017 and 08/18/2017

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Bazzigaluppi, P., Beckett, T. L., Koletar, M. M., Lai, A. Y., Joo, I. L., Brown, M. E., . . . Stefanovic, B. (2017). Early stage attenuation of phase amplitude coupling in the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex in a transgenic rat model of AD. Journal of Neurochemistry, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1111/jnc.14136.

Bull, C., Cooper, C., Lindahl, V., Fitting, S., Persson, A. I., Grandér, R., . . . Blomgren, K. (2017). Exercise in Adulthood after Irradiation of the Juvenile Brain Ameliorates Long-Term Depletion of Oligodendroglial Cells. Radiation Research, 0(0), null. doi: 10.1667/rr14737.1.

Edler, M. K., Sherwood, C. C., Meindl, R. S., Hopkins, W. D., Ely, J. J., Erwin, J. M., . . . Raghanti, M. A. (2017). Aged chimpanzees exhibit pathologic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Neurobiology of Aging. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.07.006.

Fernandez, G. M., & Savage, L. M. (2017). Adolescent binge ethanol exposure alters specific forebrain cholinergic cell populations and leads to selective functional deficits in the prefrontal cortex. Neuroscience. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2017.08.013.

Hong, J., Wang, L., Zhang, T., Zhang, B., & Chen, L. (2017). Sigma-1 receptor knockout increases α-synuclein aggregation and phosphorylation with loss of dopaminergic neurons in substantia nigra. Neurobiology of Aging. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.08.007.

Li, W.-Y., Wang, Y., Zhai, F.-G., Sun, P., Cheng, Y.-X., Deng, L.-X., & Wang, Z.-Y. (2017). AAV-KLF7 Promotes Descending Propriospinal Neuron Axonal Plasticity after Spinal Cord Injury. Neural Plasticity, 2017.

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MBF Bioscience and the Journal of Neuroscience Research to award NeuroArt contest winners with placement on the journal’s covers

Diversity of Enteric Glial Cells – April NeuroArt Juror’s Choice Winner
Marissa Puzan, Boston University

MBF Bioscience and the Journal of Neuroscience Research announced today that beginning this month, the Juror’s Choice winner in the NeuroArt image contest will be featured on the cover of the Journal of Neuroscience Research. Winners also have the opportunity to publish an editorial article or a research paper in the journal. A Juror’s Choice Award winner is chosen each month by an interdisciplinary panel of neuroscientists and artists.

“Partnering with the Journal of Neuroscience Research to offer this award fits perfectly with the mission of NeuroArt, which is to recognize and foster appreciation for the visual beauty and the aesthetic qualities of Neuroscience,” said Jack Glaser, President of MBF Bioscience.

The NeuroArt image contest is a creative outlet where neuroscientists and neuroscience enthusiasts can share their views of the brain and learn from each other  ̶  a sentiment that resonated with Dr. Eric Prager, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuroscience Research. “It seemed timely to feature these images on the cover of Journal of Neuroscience Research as the journal enters an era focusing on transparency in research,” said Dr. Prager. “The works of art will provide artistic interpretations and representations of neuroscience and the brain, which we, the audience, can internalize and interpret from our own perspectives. In research, we also strive for each article to provide the elements necessary for other researchers to reexamine from their own perspectives. It was a natural fit.”

Even if you don’t have an image to submit to the contest, you can still participate by voting for your favorite image. The image with the most votes at the end of the month wins the People’s Choice Award and $250 towards the purchase of MBF Bioscience products.

To enter this month’s contest, or vote for an image, go to neuroart.com

Over 80 images have been submitted to the contest since it started February 1, 2017, and there have been 12 winning images. Here’s what some NeuroArt participants have to say about the contest:

“It’s a great opportunity to share some very interesting images I’ve taken.”

“Fun, creative outlet and a place to share images with colleagues.”

“I learned something new about neuroscience. I saw something that I did not expect to be beautiful in an image.”