Integrated OmniPlex/Operant Chamber

Plexon’s newsletter from March 27, 2014 discusses the integration of OmniPlex/Operant Chamber as Plexon and Lafayette Instrument Company work together. 



March 27, 2014

Plexon Workshop Scores a 9.5 – Highest Score Yet!

Plexon is pleased to announce the conclusion of another wildly successful, hands-on Annual Plexon Neurophysiology and Behavior Workshop. Attendees rated the overall performance of this year’s program a 9.5 out of a possible 10, beating the 9.4 and 8.9 of previous years.

The event started with a well-attended Welcome Reception on the evening of the 17th followed by three, nearly-exhausting, intense days of hands-on, fully exercise-based product training. This year’s outstanding panel of guest speakers included:

  • Farran Briggs, PhD , Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Physiology
  • Alex Huk, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Perceptual Systems, Institute for Neuroscience
  • Philip Tovote, PhD, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
  • Huijing Xu, MS, University of Southern California, Center for Neural Engineering, and

Early in the program, the famed Upscale Bowling Social Event took place Tuesday evening with a good time had by all. Blue Team with Christian Bravo-Rivera, Kelvin Quinones-Laracuente, Daniel Chew, PhD and team captain Stacie Hyatt won the highest scoring team. Daniel Yu won the highest individual score. Christian Bravo-Rivera scored the most strikes including a Turkey (three strikes in a row), while Daniel Yu and Daniel Chew tied for the most spares. Congratulations bowlers!

Principle Investigator Gregory J. Quirk, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, provides a glimpse of his perspective of the workshop:

     “Christian, Maria, and Kelvin returned totally energized from   your Plexon Workshop! They have already been revamping their systems and analysis. I can’t thank you enough. Congrats on putting so much effort into a top-notch course that is helping the field.”

Plexon is extremely pleased to be a part of advancing science through innovative tools and exceptional training. We thank all of this year’s participants and guest speakers for making the event the successful learning experience it was intended to be. Watch for news regarding the 2015 Workshop!

Integrated OmniPlex/Operant Chamber Now Available

On the heels of the partnership announcement last month, Plexon and Lafayette Instrument Company jointly announce the launch of the first integrated product combining the OmniPlex® D Neural Data Acquisition System and Bussey-Saksida Touch Screen Operant Chamber for freely behaving rodent experiments.

The sophisticated integration of equipment will offer a unique and unsurpassed environment in which scientists can run a variety of operant tasks while simultaneously recording high resolution neural data in the most seamless process experienced by the industry. Most appreciated will be the synchronized data output for much faster data analysis and far fewer opportunities for human error.

The OmniPlex Neural Data Acquisition System is Plexon’s flagship electrophysiology research system. Researcher’s benefit from 16 to 256 channels simultaneously sampled at 40kHz per channel with 16-bit resolution, digital isolation, powerful online spike sorting, PL2 neural data file format for faster data loading and 32 channels each of auxiliary non-neural A/D inputs, digital inputs and digital outputs.

The Bussey-Saksida Touch Screen Chambers for Rats and Mice are exceptionally popular for the efficient and high-throughput cognitive evaluation of rodents including Paired Associate Learning (PAL), Visuomotor Conditional Learning (VMCL), Extinction (EXT), 5-Choice Serial Reaction Time (5CSRT), Trial-Unique Nonmatching-to-Location (TUNL), Autoshaping (AUTO), Location Discrimination (LD), 5-Choice Continuous Performance Test (5C-CPT) amongst others. The system offers many standard (and customizable) paradigms prewritten to include the entire battery of tasks necessary to habituate, shape, and bring the animal to criteria on that particular application, as well as collect and analyze data.
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