Center of NeuroScience
As a member of the Center for NeuroScience, you have access to several core facilities located on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Please click on the links below for information regarding specific core services.
NINDS P30 Rocky Mountain Neurological Disorders Center Cores
Optogenetics encompasses a set of methods by which cellular function can be manipulated with light, allowing unprecedented spatiotemporal control of a rapidly expanding set of biological activities.
Super-resolution light microscopy or nanoscopy (i.e. microscopy with nanometer-scale resolution) is defined as imaging with a resolution below the diffraction limit of conventional light microscopy, which is ~200nm in the equatorial (xy) and ~500
nm in the axial (z) dimension. Recently developed super-resolution methods that allow light microscopy to image subcellular structure and molecular localization on the 10s of nm scale have revolutionized neurobiology by allowing neuroscientists
to study the inner workings of glia, axons,dendrites, and synapses in unprecedented detail that had previously only been possible using electron microscopy (EM). In particular, super-resolution fluorescence imaging has many advantages over EM including
much easier sample preparation and staining procedures as well as the ability to be applied to not only fixed, but also living cells and tissues. Several different super-resolution fluorescence imaging methods have been developed, such as
STimulated-Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy and the related methods of Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM) and Photo-activation Localization Microscopy (PALM). RMNDC Nanoscopy Core B provides access to instrumentation
and technical support for NINDS-funded and other investigators at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus to perform state-of-the-art STED and STORM/PALM super-resolution imaging, as well as complementary fluorescence
lifetime imaging (FLIM)-based Forster-resonance energy transfer (FRET) imaging.
Individuals who want to use Core B for STED, STORM/PALM, or FLIM-FRET imaging should contact Dominik Stich, PhD (DOMINIK.STICH@UCDENVER.EDU
The Behavior and In Vivo Neurophysiology core (BINC) provides animal housing in close proximity to testing with identical light/dark cycles. Standard behavioral assays for mice and rats (including cognition, altered emotionality,
motor function, sensory tasks and task development) and continuous rodent behavioral (video) and neurophysiological/EEG monitoring services (including cerebral electrical patterns during waking and sleep) are provided to researchers.