Pre-clinical neurophysiology and behavior

Our preclinical facility includes a housing room, large and small behavioral assessment rooms (335 and 162 sq. ft., respectively), and acute and chronic experiment rooms (243 and 162 sq. ft., respectively). Electrophysiology and microscopy experiments are done in a nearby room (187 sq. ft.) that is subdivided with a dark curtain.

Sensorimotor functional assessment

  • Peak Measurement Systems 4 camera 3-D kinematic/kinetic analysis system
  • Overground track 2-D kinematic analysis system
  • Rodent treadmills
  • Von-Frey cutaneous reflex assessment system
  • Balance assesment
  • Spinal cord impactor (Infinite Horizon)


(complete setup for in vivo and in vitro neural recordings as well as EMG recordings and neural stimulation from awake behaving animals)

  • TM-system vibration isolation tables (3)
  • Axoclamp 2A and associated data acquisition hardware/software
  • Sutter Instrument P-97 puller
  • SD Instruments 3 and 4 axis micromanipulators
  • Narishige manipulators
  • Master 8 A.M.P.I.- 8 channel stimulator and constant current isolator units
  • CWE FNS-16 custom stimulator with full computer control
  • AM-systems amplifiers
  • CWE moving averagers
  • CWE Highpass and Low Pass filters
  • Audio Monitors
  • Stoetling stereotaxic frame and spinal adaptor
  • 6DOF Force transducers (JR3)


(complete cardiorespiratory measurement capability from awake or anesthetized rodents )

  • heart rate tachometer
  • blood pressure transducers
  • rodent ventilator
  • capnometer
  • respiratory flow integrators
  • CWE moving averagers

Neural Imaging

  • Stereomicroscopes (Leica MZ75)
  • Interference Contrast Microscope (DM4500B)
  • Upright microscopes (Leica)
  • Nikon Digital cameras
  • Neurolucida™