Visit us at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego


SfN 2013 is the culmination of an exciting year at MBF. We have been busy developing new tools that will help researchers gather data quicker and easier, and we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the computer microscope invented by MBF founder Dr. Edmund Glaser and his colleague Dr. Hendrick Van der Loos. Visit us at booth #2735 to see the latest advancements in neuron tracing, brain mapping, stereology, and big image data management.

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MBF Bioscience attends the International Conference of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA)

Dr. Jose talks with a customer at the MBF Bioscience booth

Dr. Jose talks with a customer at the MBF Bioscience booth

The 11th International Conference of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) was held in Rabat, Morocco from June 7-12, 2013. Neuroscientists from Africa and around the world gathered to discuss the latest advances in Neuroscience. The program filled with lectures, symposia, posters, and oral sessions was sponsored by the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

Neuroscientists gather at the SONA conference held in Rabat, Morroco

Neuroscientists gather at the SONA conference held in Rabat, Morroco

Dr. Jose Maldonado, Head of Operations for MBF Bioscience Latin America and Africa, attended the conference. “This year’s SONA meeting in Morocco was a great opportunity to introduce MBF Bioscience Inc. to the neuroscience community in Africa. Quantification of anatomical regions, as well as cell populations, was a common theme among the posters. It was a dynamic meeting and I look forward to attending again in the future,” said Dr. Maldonado. Attendees who stopped by the MBF Bioscience booth were particularly interested in Stereo investigator, MBF’s system for stereology that gives accurate, unbiased estimates of the number, length, area, and volume of cells or biological structures in tissue specimens.

Thank you to everyone who attended the conference and visited us at our booth.

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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}



We are at First FALAN Congress in Mexico

Dr. Jose Maldonado, Head of Operations for MBF Bioscience Central and South America is having a busy fall season. After wrapping things up at the Chilean Society for Cell Biology’s Annual Meeting in Puerto Varas, Chile, he’s off to Cancun for the First Congress of the Federation of Latin American and Caribbean Neuroscience Societies.

“MBF America Latina will have a booth at the meeting where I will be demonstrating MBF Bioscience products to the Latin American Neuroscience community,” said Dr. Maldonado. “Additionally, I will be offering a course on biological quantification along with Dr. Suzana Herculano titled ‘Counting cells, synapses and other structures: an introduction to design-based stereology and to the isotropic fractionator.'”

During the free two-day workshop, students will learn about the theory and practice of stereology and its applications in neuroscience. Send an email to Dr. Maldonado at to reserve a place in the course, and be sure to stop by the MBF Bioscience booth for demonstrations of Stereo Investigator, Neurolucida, WormLab, Biolucida Cloud, Microlucida, AutoNeuron, AutoSpine, and more!

The First Congress of the Federation of Latin-American and Caribbean Neuroscience Societies (Primer Congreso FALAN) takes place Sunday, November 4 – Friday, November 9, in Cancun, Mexico.

We’re in Chile This Week at the Chilean Society for Cell Biology’s Annual Meeting

MBF Bioscience is partnering with Arquimed at the Chilean Society for Cell Biology XXVI Annual Meeting, in Puerto Varra, Chile. Dr. Jose Maldonado, MBF Bioscience Head of Operations – Central and South America, is presenting a one-hour seminar from 11:30am-12:30pm, Tuesday, October 23. He is giving a talk on stereology and offering demonstrations of Stereo Investigator, Neurolucida, and WormLab.

Stop by the Arquimed booth from Tuesday, October 23 – Sunday, October 27 to meet Dr. Jose Maldonado.

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Neuroscience 2012 Was a Great Success. Thanks to Everyone Who Stopped By Our Booth!

We put on our 3D glasses and saw neurons like never before. We unveiled AutoSynapse and made synapse analysis easier than ever. And we showed off the newly enhanced versions of all our products from Stereo Investigator to WormLab. Our booth at Neuroscience 2012 was a hive of activity all week! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to try out our software or simply say “hello.” It was so nice catching up with so many of our customers, and meeting so many new people in New Orleans. See you next year in San Diego!

Go to our Facebook page to see all of our photos from Neuroscience 2012.

We’re off to New Orleans for Neuroscience 2012

Fall is an exciting time for us at MBF Bioscience. Not only is it the season for beautiful fall foliage here in Vermont, it’s the season for the Society for Neuroscience‘s annual meeting. One of the most important events for neuroscientists around the world, the meeting is a highlight of our yearly agenda, and we’re thrilled to showcase the latest MBF Bioscience software and product features in New Orleans.

This year, in addition to a dynamic series of new features and enhancements, we’re excited to debut AutoSynapse, our new software for automated synapse detection. Our programmers worked closely with several customers to create the new software, and we’re eager to show everyone its amazing detection and analysis features. Our research poster “Automated detection and analysis of putative synapses,” (710.13/FFF27) offers an excellent demonstration on an application of AutoSynapse in a scientific study. Staff Scientist Dr. Julie Simpson presents the poster Tuesday, October 16, at 1 pm.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you at Booth #1741 for personalized demonstrations of all of our new products including Neurolucida 11, Stereo Investigator 11, WormLab 2 (which includes a version for Mac users), Biolucida Cloud 2.0 (with new 3D visualization capabilities and annotations), Microlucida 2.5, AutoNeuron 5.5, and AutoSpine 1.5.

Neuroscience 2012 takes place October 13 – 17. You can access the full program on the Society for Neuroscience‘s website.

See you in New Orleans!

Announcing AutoSynapse: Our New Software For Synapse Analysis Debuts at Neuroscience 2012

We’re about to launch a new tool that will help scientists studying the brain perform their research faster. The new software, called AutoSynapse automatically detects and analyzes pre-synaptic markers such as synaptophysin and post-synaptic markers such as PSD95, then uses nearby dendrites traced with AutoNeuron or Neurolucida to analyze which of those synaptic markers are associated with particular dendrites.

Up until now, this method for analyzing synapses could only be done manually with Neurolucida, but AutoSynapse provides a new type of automated analysis that is not available with any other software.

“AutoSynapse solves a unique and important analysis need of many neuroscientists,” says MBF Bioscience President Jack Glaser. “it automatically detects and quantifies the number of putative synapses on specific dendrites. We developed this tool in conjunction with several of our users. We are especially grateful to Dr. Francisco Alvarez and Travis Rotterman at Emory University.”

This work was supported  by a SBIR grant awarded from the NIMH. NIH Grant MH072063.

Visit our booth at Neuroscience 2012, October 13 – 17, in New Orleans to see AutoSynapse in action. And visit our research poster presentation 710.13/FFF27, Automated detection and analysis of putative synapses, Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Dr. Julie Simpson to Give a Stereology Talk at the University of Iowa

On Friday, October 5, MBF Bioscience Staff Scientist Julie Simpson joins a group of scientific experts at the Iowa Microscopy Society‘s Fall Meeting, where she will give a presentation on the principles of design-based stereology and experimental design.

During the presentation, Dr. Simpson will offer an introduction to the concepts of design-based stereology and discuss the proper implementation of stereological protocols to generate unbiased estimates.   Her talk will also highlight why stereology is considered the gold standard for reporting cell estimations, volumes, and length.

You can get the full day’s program, and register for the event at the University of Iowa’s website.

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We’re at the Annual Neuroscience Meeting in Japan this Week

Japan’s neuroscientists gather in Nagoya this week for the 35th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society. If you’ll be in attendance, come visit us at Booth 45. From Tuesday, September 17 to Friday, September 21, our Technical Sales Manager for Japan Norikazu Okada will be presenting a range of MBF Bioscience products.

“I’m really excited about showing all the new products, especially AutoSpine, WormLab, and the new Lucivid to our customers!” Norikazu says. The new Lucivid no longer requires any delicate adjustment; it provides perfect geometric linearity instantly. WormLab is a unique research solution that calculates the distance and velocity of each C. elegans within a camera’s field of view. We look forward to welcoming you at our booth!

Read our “Meet the Team” feature on Norikazu Okada to learn more about our operations in Japan.