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Functional Imaging and Brain Mapping Are Topics of Olympus Symposium at Society for Neuroscience Meeting, October 15, 6:30 p.m.

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., October 9, 2012 - Olympus is hosting its third major neuroimaging symposium in conjunction with the 2012 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in New Orleans on Monday, October 15. The Olympus Neuroimaging Symposium will be held near the Convention Center at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Exhibition Center, 2 Poydras Street, Rooms A & B, beginning at 6:30pm. The symposium is open to all media and SfN registered attendees; a reception will follow.

The symposium will focus on important new developments in both functional imaging and brain mapping on a microscopic level. Connectomics imaging helps us map the brain and other organs in detail, usually using fixed tissue. Other current research methods focus on how living neurobiological tissues actually function. Leading researchers will address ways that pairing these two kinds of studies may help shed light on life processes, discussing both fixed and live applications. Speakers include:

  1. Harvey Karten, M.D., University of California, San Diego
  2. Claudio Vinegoni, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Karten will discuss whole slide imaging and its impact on connectomics and cytoarchitecture, including a new high-contrast darkfield capability that may help reveal fine neuronal processes. Dr. Vinegoni will discuss important, recently published methods for eliminating movement during live animal imaging.

Olympus has a long history of supporting researchers with education and professional development, and this is the third year that the company has convened this groundbreaking annual neuroimaging symposium. Olympus will also be exhibiting equipment for neuroscience applications at Booth #1331 at the SfN meeting, including the new IX3® inverted research imaging platform, FluoView® FV1200 laser scanning confocal microscope system, FluoView FV1200MPE multiphoton imaging system with SCALEVIEW objectives, LV200 luminescence imaging system, CellVoyager™ CV1000 spinning disk confocal system and VS120® digital slide scanning system.

Because space is limited, registration for the symposium is recommended; it takes just a moment. To register for the symposium, visit www.olympusamerica.com/neuro2012. Media members may call Vincent Park at (914) 523-4777 before 10am on October 15 to secure a seat in the Press Area during the presentation.

About Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in its core business areas: Medical and Surgical Products, Life Science Imaging Systems, Industrial Measurement and Imaging Instruments and Cameras and Audio Products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced research, clinical and educational microscopes and research and educational digital imaging systems;
  • Industrial research, engineering, test, inspection and measuring instruments; and
  • Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves the healthcare field with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes.  For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.


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CellVoyager is a trademark of Yokogawa Electric.

The Olympus VS120 and LV200 are not for clinical diagnostic use in the US.