Modern neuroscience research often demands access to cutting edge equipment, with some of the most challenging questions only constrained by the facilities to answer them. The Institute of Neuroscience (IoN) at the University of Newcastle has been working to develop unparalleled resources to allow us to address those questions.
Research facilities provide a wide range of state of art equipment, including: extensive facilities for in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological recording; multielectrode array recording (Thomas Recording, Multichannel Systems and Utah arrays); Siemens Biograph-40 human PET and small animal PET scanners; high power computing facility for data analysis and modelling; neurocognitive testing facilities; behavioural testing in animals and video recording (Ethovision); fully equipped molecular biology laboratories; electron microscopes.
Dr. F.C. Rind’s lab in IoN has most of the facilities in conducting physiological and computational research on insect’s visual systems including a neurolucida system for 3-dimensional neuronal reconstruction, scanning transmission microscopy for serial sectioning and analysis of neuronal circuits.