Stereotaxic Instruments (for chronic rats)
A new type of chronic rat brain stereotaxic instrument has been completed (developed in collaboration with Narishige).
|Figure 1. Old type (back left) and new type (front right) head attachments (fixture). The new type (made of stainless steel) is smaller, thinner, lighter, and less expensive, while maintaining the same strength. In addition to reducing stress on the animal, it also facilitates access to the lens and multiple electrodes.|
|Figure 2. Sliding receptacle for old-type fixture (used in Isomura et al., 2009).|
|Figure 3. Sliding receptacle for the new type of fixture. The fixture can be smoothly guided into the sliding receptacle from the rear and firmly secured with only the diagonal screw on the right side (the screw on the left side is optional for auxiliary fixation). It also features reduced obstruction of vision and a large front/rear range of application.|
Operant Behavior Experimental Equipment: TaskForcer
This is an all-in-one package of the highly efficient operant behavior apparatus for rats (Kimura et al., 2012) developed in collaboration with Kohara Medical & Industrial Co. Both hardware and software can be customized.
If you are interested in this product, please contact directly to Obara Medical Industry Co.
Spike Sorting Software: EToS
It is a high-precision automated spike sorting software developed mainly by Dr. Takashi Takekawa at RIKEN BSI (Takekawa et al., 2010, 2012). It can be downloaded and used free of charge.