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Small Animal Imaging

Translational and basic neuroscience research is increasingly turning toward imaging to explore brain function, disease and the effectiveness of novel therapeutics.

RCSI has established a small animal imaging laboratory to serve the needs of its researchers working on diseases including epilepsy, stroke and trauma.

The imaging suite consists of state-of-the-art laboratory space furnished with physiological monitoring, surgical instruments and microscopes, and various techniques for monitoring brain function and perfusion. This includes workbenches with medical gases, Laser-Doppler flowmetry, quantitative digital video-EEG, EEG telemetry, stereomicroscopes. Specialist in vivo brain imaging is possible using a Zeiss LSM 710 NLO 2-photon microscope equipped with a Ti:Sapphire Laser from Coherent (Chameleon vision II).with 4 non-descanned detectors and additional 34 spectral R/FL detection channels for conventional confocal microscopy. For fast in vivo imaging the microscope is also equipped with a cooled monochrome digital camera from Zeiss.

For further information, please contact Prof David Henshall