Part of our activity is devoted to the development and improvement of optical instrumentation for calcium imaging, voltage imaging and optical stimulation. We are accomplishing this task in collaboration with Cairn Research Ltd, Starting from prototypes developed in the laboratory, our systems become commercially available.

 

The dichroic pinhole (left) used to combine localised photostimulation and whole-field fluorescence imaging. Light come from a LED trigged with digital TTL pulses, it is directed to the objective using a dichroic mirror, and fluorescence emission is filtered and acquired using a CCD camera

 

 

Instruments Development

research team  voltage calcium neuron imaging channels marco canepari
research team  voltage calcium neuron imaging channels marco canepari

The dichroic pinhole

The Dual Redshirt CCD camera

 

Research, development and promotion activity in collaboration with Cairn Research

 

The Dual Redshirt CCD camera (right) used for simultaneous voltage and calcium imaging at 20,000 frames/second.  We constantly work to improve the resolution of our imaging systems beyond the state-of-the art.