MBF Bioscience Sponsors Washington University Student at Neuroscience 2010

Between biology classes and baking, Washington University undergraduate Connie Tsai studies the circadian rhythm at The Herzog Lab. Last October, she had the chance to present a poster at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego thanks to a FUN Undergraduate Student Travel Award sponsored by MBF Bioscience. See what the future neuroscientist has to say about dancing, immunohistochemistry, and Neuroscience 2010.

Did you always know you wanted to be a scientist?
Ever since I first watched Bill Nye the Science Guy when I was six, I told everyone that I wanted to become a scientist when I grew up. I did change my mind a few times, but my classes and lab experiences in college have proved to me that I really do want to be a research scientist.

Why did you decide to go into Neuroscience?
I was in a freshman seminar in biology that hosted guest lecturers each week to talk about their research. I found myself being most interested in the types of questions and experiments used in neuroscience.

How do you like working at the Herzog Lab?
I love working in the Herzog lab! Dr. Herzog is a patient and supportive mentor. He always has a minute to answer a question and encourages undergraduates to present their work. The graduate students and post docs are also very encouraging since they are always willing to explain concepts and teach new methods. I am grateful for the wonderful experiences I have had working with Dr. Herzog and my bench mentors and for the opportunity to study an interesting question and to learn a wide range of lab techniques.

What have been some of the most exciting things you’ve done there?
Immunohistochemistry staining is absolutely beautiful. It’s exciting to see the processes of single neurons. Beyond the research I presented at SfN, I have also been working with Dr. Luciano Marpegan, a post doc in the lab, to study gap junction expression in glia. I was able to infect astrocytomas with a lentivirus that carried luciferase. This allowed me to record bioluminescence from single cells!

How was your experience at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego?
SfN was a lot of fun because you can visit posters that are highly related to your research and attend special lectures that provide a good introduction for an entirely different field. The sheer magnitude of the conference was a bit daunting at times, but it meant that I always had posters to see or people to meet.

What was the most exciting thing about the meeting for you?
I really enjoyed presenting my work and interacting with researchers in my field. It’s exciting to have someone else interested in your results!

Briefly describe the poster you presented.
I have been working with Sungwon An, a graduate student in the lab, to study circadian communication in the master mammalian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). I have been using Immunohistochemistry to characterize the temporal and spatial distribution of VPAC2, the most abundant vasoactive intestinal polypeptide receptor in the SCN. Our results show that VPAC2 is highly expressed throughout the SCN. We currently do not have evidence for circadian expression of VPAC2.

What do you hope to be doing in the future?
After college, I plan to study neuroscience in graduate school. I would then love to spend a few years abroad for postdoctoral research. I hope to eventually become a research scientist, professor, and mentor to future generations of scientists.

Aside from science, what are your other interests?
I love to dance and to cook. I have danced since elementary school and performed in several full-length ballets. I also love to bake. I think it’s because I like to experiment with the structure and flavor of cookies and cakes.

Thank You for an Excellent SfN Meeting in San Diego

Once again, the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting proved to be a great success for MBF Bioscience. This year we presented more new products than ever before. From the introduction of automated 3D montaging and deconvolution in Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator 10 to interactive tracing in AutoNeuron, our customers were delighted by all the new enhancements developed by our team this year.

“People especially loved seeing things like our AutoNeuron software working on Golgi stained specimens, 3D montaging of confocal stacks, and they really appreciated the powerful and adaptable system of Stereo Investigator fully controlling the Zeiss ApoTome,” said MBF Bioscience President Jack Glaser.

Meeting face to face with so many customers was rewarding for all in attendance. “We had visitors aged five months to over 80 years old, undergraduates through Nobel Prize winners,” Glaser added. “And we received loads of compliments from users on how much they appreciate our software and tech support.”

Thanks so much to everyone who visited us at our booth and checked out our posters at Neuroscience 2010. If you have any questions about the products or research we presented, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our tech support team is always available to assist you in any way they can.

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Neuroscience 2010: Day 5 – New Software, New Technologies

Today is the fifth and final day of the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting. We’re having a fantastic time talking with our customers, meeting new users, and demonstrating the new software and technologies we’ve worked so hard on at the MBF Bioscience offices this year. If you haven’t yet tried out the new versions of Stereo Investigator and Neurolucida, or looked at our poster abstracts, come visit us at booth 1233 today. We’re hosting our final day of workshops, which include methods of using the Optical Fractionator, AutoNeuron, and Neurolucida Explorer in your research. Come by and ask our scientists, developers, and sales team about our products and posters. We’d love to get your feedback on the new products and technologies we’re presenting at this year’s meeting.

Today’s Workshop Schedule (all times Pacific Standard Time)

10:00-10:30am
Optical Fractionator: Rules for Counting presented by Dr. Jose Maldonado

12:00-12:30pm Practical Strategies for Optimizing Optical Fractionator Sampling presented by Dr. Susan Hendricks

2:00-2:30pm
Automatic Neuron Reconstruction using AutoNeuron presented by Dr. Julie Simpson

4:00 – 4:30pm
Advanced Analysis of Anatomical Regions in Neurolucida Explorer presented by Dr. Dan Peruzzi

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Neuroscience 2010: Day 4 – Face Time

We were impressed by the attendance at yesterday’s poster sessions and workshops. Thanks so much for coming by. If you have any questions, or would like more information on the topics we presented, visit us at booth 1233. Our team of scientists and developers are always on hand to get you the information you need. In fact, the time we spend face to face with our customers at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting is one of the aspects we enjoy most about this event.

Today’s Workshop Schedule (all times Pacific Standard Time)

10:00-10:30am
Advanced Morphological Analysis of Neuronal Structures in Neurolucida Explorer presented by Daniel Peruzzi, Ph.D.

12:00-12:30pm
Exporting Data from Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator presented by Jeffrey Sprenger, M.S.

2:00-2:30pm
Tools for 3D Multi-Imaging Alignment and Montaging presented by Julie Simpson, Ph.D.

4:00-4:30pm
Visualizing and Analyzing Focusable Virtual Slides presented by Susan Hendricks, Ph.D.

Tomorrow’s Workshop Schedule (all times Pacific Standard Time)

10:00-10:30am
Optical Fractionator: Rules for Counting presented by Jose Maldonado, Ph.D.

12:00-12:30pm Practical Strategies for Optimizing Optical Fractionator Sampling presented by Susan Hendricks, Ph.D.

2:00-2:30pm
Automatic Neuron Reconstruction using AutoNeuron presented by Julie Simpson, Ph.D.

4:00 – 4:30pm
Advanced Analysis of Anatomical Regions in Neurolucida Explorer presented by Dan Peruzzi, Ph.D.

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Neuroscience 2010: Day 3 – More Workshops and Poster Presentations

Today is a busy day for MBF Bioscience, with two poster sessions and four more half-hour workshops hosted by our knowledgeable software developers and staff scientists.

Join us this afternoon for demonstrations on two new technologies we developed this year at MBF Bioscience. At 2pm, Dan Peruzzi, Ph.D. presents the poster abstract “Unbiased cell volume estimations in preferentially cut sections with the virtual nucleator” (PPP13/516.18), and at 3pm, Susan Hendricks, Ph.D. presents “3D Image acquisition of an entire mouse coronal section at high magnification using the Biolucida system” (PPP14/516.19).

Get the MBF Bioscience workshop schedule below, and remember to stop by booth 1233 any time for personalized demonstrations and answers to questions you may have about any of our products.

Today’s Workshop Schedule (all times Pacific Standard Time)
10:00-10:30am
Using Stereo Investigator More Efficiently presented by Susan Hendricks, Ph.D.

12:00-12:30pm
Fluorescent Stereology and Offline Analysis presented by Julie Simpson, Ph.D.

2:00-2:30
Exporting Data from Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator presented by Jeffrey Sprenger, M.S.

4:00-4:40pm
Volume Estimation with the Cavalieri Method presented by Jose Maldonado, Ph.D.

Tomorrow’s Workshop Schedule (all times Pacific Standard Time)
10:00-10:30am
Advanced Morphological Analysis of Neuronal Structures in Neurolucida Explorer presented by Daniel Peruzzi, Ph.D.

12:00-12:30pm
Exporting Data from Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator presented by Jeffrey Sprenger, M.S.

2:00-2:30pm
Tools for 3D Multi-Imaging Alignment and Montaging presented by Julie Simpson, Ph.D.

4:00-4:30pm
Visualizing and Analyzing Focusable Virtual Slides presented by Susan Hendricks, Ph.D.

Neuroscience 2010: Day 2 – Let the Workshops Begin

The Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting is one of the highlights of our year. We’re thrilled to once again be among so many of our esteemed colleagues. It was great seeing so many of you yesterday. Today we’re kicking off our four-day program of informative workshops presented by MBF Bioscience staff scientists. Be sure to stop by booth 1233 to learn about 3D neuron tracing, automatic neuron reconstruction, and more!

Today’s Workshop Schedule (all times Pacific Standard Time)

10:00-10:30am
3D Neuron Tracing presented by Daniel Peruzzi, Ph.D.

12:00-12:30pm
Automatic Neuron Reconstruction using AutoNeuron presented by Julie Simpson, Ph.D.

2:00-2:30pm
Densitometry-Analyzing your Autoradiography Film presented by Jose Maldonado, Ph.D.

4:00-4:40pm
Practical Strategies for Optimizing Optical Fractionator Sampling presented by Susan Hendricks, Ph.D.

Tomorrow’s Workshop Schedule (all times Pacific Standard Time)

10:00-10:30am
Using Stereo Investigator More Efficiently presented by Susan Hendricks, Ph.D.

12:00-12:30pm
Fluorescent Stereology and Offline Analysis presented by Julie Simpson, Ph.D.

2:00-2:30
Exporting Data from Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator presented by Jeffrey Sprenger, M.S.

4:00-4:40pm
Volume Estimation with the Cavalieri Method presented by Jose Maldonado, Ph.D.

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Neuroscience 2010: Day 1 – Ready, Set, Go!

The San Diego Convention Center is bustling with activity this morning as the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting begins. After our daylong set up marathon yesterday, booth 1233 is ready for a productive week. (Watch the video to see our set-up team in action).

Today, at 3pm we present the first of our three poster abstracts—”Automated detection and tracking of freely moving C. elegans” (MMM6/105.27). We hope you’ll attend. And if you haven’t already, add our workshops and presentations to your itinerary, and email us at info@mbfbioscience.com to set up an appointment for a private demonstration.

Here’s tomorrow’s workshop schedule (all times Pacific Standard Time)

Workshop Schedule for Sunday, November 14, 2010
10:00-10:30am
3D Neuron Tracing presented by Daniel Peruzzi, Ph.D.

12:00-12:30pm
Automatic Neuron Reconstruction using AutoNeuron presented by Julie Simpson, Ph.D.

2:00-2:30pm
Densitometry-Analyzing your Autoradiography Film presented by Jose Maldonado, Ph.D.

4:00-4:40pm
Practical Strategies for Optimizing Optical Fractionator Sampling presented by Susan Hendricks, Ph.D.

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MBF Bioscience to Unveil New Technologies at Neuroscience 2010

Our offices are buzzing as we prepare for this year’s Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego — one of our biggest events of the year. Flights are booked and abstracts submitted!

This year, in addition to unveiling version 10 of Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator, we are thrilled to be presenting neuroscientists some innovative technology. We’ll be demonstrating automatic 3D cell counting using rigorous stereological sampling; the latest improvements in automatic neuron tracing in AutoNeuron; and our new 3D virtual slide solutions that let you create 3D image montages at the highest optical resolution.

“The Neuroscience meeting is the highlight of the year for MBF,” said President Jack Glaser. “We are all very excited to personally meet with our customers from all over the world, many of whom have become good friends over the years.”

“And we love showing prospective customers our systems,” he added. “The Neuroscience meeting offers us the ability to show them in person how our products can help with their research.”

Be sure to spend some time at the MBF Bioscience booth (1233) to learn more about our exciting new products and get personalized demonstrations on all of our systems and software.

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Thank You For a Successful 2009 SfN Meeting

SfN 2009

This year’s Society for Neuroscience Meeting was another great success. We were thrilled to visit with so many of our current and prospective customers, and to demonstrate the latest features of our software. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to try out Stereo Investigator and Neurolucida 9 and AutoNeuron 4, and to those who attended our practical workshops.  If you didn’t have the chance to see our research posters, download copies at the 2009 Neuroscience Meeting section of our website. Please visit www.mbfbioscience.com to discover more about our products and services or to connect directly with a member of our team for answers to your questions. We look forward to seeing you at Neuroscience 2010 in San Diego!

Pictured above: MBF Bioscience President Jack Glaser, Dr. Daniel Peterson (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science), Dr. Victoria Arango (Columbia University), Dr. Mark Underwood (Columbia University)

{Photo by Ed Glaser}

Neuroscience 2009

We’re on our way to the 2009 Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Chicago that begins Sunday. When planning your meeting itinerary, be sure to include our free practical workshops at Exhibit 869. Led by our team of talented staff scientists, each 30-minute session will offer tips on how to get the most out of our software.

Get more information on what you can see at our exhibit as well as additional details about our research posters at mbfbioscience.com.