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09.08.16 Introducing the new Med-PC® V software suite!

The Med-PC V Software Suite Although some manufacturers may try, it is difficult to compare any other system to Med-PC®. It has remained the leading behavioral experimental control software for

05.26.16 Which Cleaning Solution is the Best?

When considering cleaning supplies, there are many different concerns that people have. Is it safe for the environment? How effective is it? What about these DIY mixtures online? Given all

05.19.16 Recent Citations – May 19, 2016

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Aoyama, K., Barnes, J., Koerber, J., Glueck, E., Dorsey,

05.12.16 Express Yourself Without Words

Humans communicate in a variety of ways. One main form of communication is our voices. We can make many different sounds to form words and sentences. But is that the

05.06.16 Recent Citations – May 5, 2016

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Jarmolowicz, D. P., Sofis, M. J., & Darden, A.

04.28.16 Getting Through the Blood-Brain Barrier

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is one of your body’s main defenses for the brain. It guards against foreign substances entering the brain. However, this physiological barrier can present a problem

04.14.16 Recent Citations – April 14, 2016

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Joffe, M. E., & Grueter, B. A. (2016). Cocaine

03.31.16 Recent Citations – March 31, 2016

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Bigelow, J., & Poremba, A. (2016). Audiovisual integration facilitates

03.24.16 Can Teaching Happen Outside of a Classroom? Of Course!

Children learn about the world through experience, but can they learn about things they’ve never seen? Absolutely! Humans developed the ability to teach so that we could learn from someone

03.17.16 Recent Citations – March 17, 2016

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Fraser, K. M., Haight, J. L., Gardner, E. L.,

03.10.16 Introducing Sample Protocols!

Just received your new equipment, and excited to get started on your experiments?  We are happy to announce that we have begun a new series of “Sample Protocols”, where we

03.03.16 Recent Citations – March 3, 2016

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations:   Barrus, M. M., Hosking, J. G., Cocker, P.

02.25.16 How do bats harbor so many diseases? New research provides potential answers

You might have heard that bats can carry many human-transmissible diseases without ever getting sick themselves. In fact, bats have been known to carry the highly dangerous Ebola, Rabies, and

02.11.16 Recent Citations – February 11, 2016

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Harvey, E. L., & Baker, L. E. (2016). Differential

02.04.16 Gaming as a Good Thing? Yes!

Do you play video games? Quite a few people play some form of video games! There are apps on our phone, programs on our computers, or systems designed solely for

01.28.16 Recent Citations – January 28, 2016

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Bove, G. M., Harris, M. Y., Zhao, H., &

12.30.15 Recent Citations – December 30, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Craft, B. B. (2016). Risk-sensitive foraging: changes in choice

12.17.15 Music can benefit cognitive function and mood

You may have found that music can have amazing effects on people. It can brighten a person’s day, change the feel of a movie scene, or help people learn something

12.10.15 Recent Citations – December 10, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Bunney, P. E., Burroughs, D., Hernandez, C., & LeSage,

12.03.15 How to Fit into Your Ugliest, Oldest, Christmas Sweater

We all experience the weight of holiday cheer, especially around our mid section. The dreaded “holiday weight” can be avoided with a few simple techniques that will get you back

11.25.15 Recent Citations – November 25, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Aguilar, D. D., Giuffrida, A., & Lodge, D. J.

11.19.15 Possible Cancer Treatment Found in Cannabis Plants

Several researchers, including a group at St. George’s University of London and the American Association for Cancer Research, are studying different methods to treat brain cancer. Brain cancer claims around

11.12.15 Recent Citations – November 12, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Jacobson, L. H., Sweeney, F. F., Kaupmann, K., O’Leary,

10.29.15 Recent Citations – October 29, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Del’ Guidice, T., & Beaulieu, J.-M. (2015). Selective disruption

10.22.15 Cooperation: Is it just a human thing?

Imagine: You’re out in the woods hunting for food. You know there are rabbits nearby but you can’t find them anywhere. In cases like this, working with someone else could

10.08.15 Recent Citations – October 8, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Hryhorczuk, C., Florea, M., Rodaros, D., Poirier, I., Daneault,

10.01.15 Mindful meditation: can it really reduce stress?

Mindful meditation is a growing interest in the research community. With the broad range of health benefits people claim, such as reduced anxiety and depression symptoms, improvements in quality of

09.24.15 Recent Citations – September 24, 2015

Carrillo, M., Migliorati, F., Bruls, R., Han, Y., Heinemans, M., Pruis, I., … Keysers, C. (2015). Repeated Witnessing of Conspecifics in Pain: Effects on Emotional Contagion. PLOS ONE, 10(9), e0136979.

09.17.15 Could Woodpeckers be the Key to Preventing TBI?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to any head injury in which the natural homeostasis of the brain is disrupted. 10 million cases of TBI serious enough for hospitalization occur annually

09.03.15 Recent Citations – September 3, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations:   Cohen, A., Treweek, J., Edwards, S., Leão, R.

08.06.15 Recent Citations – August 6, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Amitai, Nurith, Susan Powell, Martin Weber, Neal R. Swerdlow,

07.30.15 Have you heard of Retraction Watch?

Do you ever feel like the scientific literature could use a little organizing? Do you run a literature search and wonder what you might be missing? Could you be citing a

07.16.15 Blind Mice Help to Save Sight

Retinitis Pigmentosa causes the degeneration of the retinas of approximately 1.5 million people worldwide*. This inherited disorder breaks down photoreceptors in the retina and slowly interrupts vision, eventually leaving affected

07.09.15 Recent Citations – July 9, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Babaev, Olga, Paolo Botta, Elisabeth Meyer, Christian Müller, Hannelore

07.02.15 Mind Control?

Research on how to interact directly with neurons has been growing steadily since the invention of “Optogenetics.” This method involves genetically engineering neurons to become sensitive to light (American Epilepsy

06.11.15 Recent Citations – June 11, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Ford, Matthew M., Jeffrey D. Nickel, Moriah N. Kaufman,

06.04.15 One Step Closer to Neural Prosthetic Success

It was already known that the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) in the brains of both humans and primates is involved in the planning of voluntary movements.  But, until recently, studies

05.28.15 Recent Citations – May 28, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: George, Sophie A., Mariana Rodriguez-Santiago, John Riley, James L.

05.21.15 Zebrafish Sunscreen?

Finding the proper skin protection against UV radiation is extremely important, when you consider that skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States.  Most

05.14.15 Recent Citations – May 14, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Escanilla, Olga D., Jonathan D. Victor, and Patricia M.

05.07.15 Moving in on Schizophrenia: Making Headway!

Cognitive dysfunctions dependent on the prefrontal cortex are a core feature of many mental disorders including autism, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.  In order to assess these cognitive functions

04.30.15 Recent Citations – April 30, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Hall, Alicia M., Benjamin T. Throesch, Susan C. Buckingham,

04.23.15 Don’t Forget to Get Some Sleep!

Getting a good night’s sleep is more than just a healthy practice; sleep is actually required in order to learn new information and to create long-lasting memories. The sleep cycle

04.16.15 Recent Citations – April 16, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: de Jong, Johannes W., Theresia JM Roelofs, Frédérique MU

04.09.15 Microbubbles: New Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80% of cases of dementia.  Dementia is defined by the Alzheimer’s Association as the loss of memory and functionality that is severe enough to

04.02.15 Recent Citations – April 2, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Cone, J. J., Roitman, J. D., & Roitman, M.

03.26.15 The optogenetics toolkit: ever-expanding!

Optogenetics is an exciting technique that has grown in popularity over the last several years.  From the birth of the technique to the present, optogenetics allows researchers to activate neurons

03.19.15 Recent Citations – March 19, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Deng, Wei, and Fred H. Gage. “The effect of

03.05.15 Recent Citations – March 5, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Daniels, CW, E Watterson, R Garcia, GJ Mazur, RJ

02.19.15 Recent Citations – February 19, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Brown, J. A., Ramikie, T. S., Schmidt, M. J.,

02.12.15 Mirror Mirror

The human central nervous system is a complex network of cells and synapses all working together in order to allow us to remain highly functioning cognitive beings. Certain parts of

02.05.15 Recent Citations – February 5, 2015

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations:   Bowers, ME, and KJ Ressler. “Interaction between the Cholecystokinin

01.08.15 Recent Citations – January 8 , 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR, and congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles!  Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Ganella, D. E., Thangaraju, P.,

12.18.14 Blame It On The Weather

Winter has arrived in North America and with it comes shorter days, darker mornings, sub-zero temperatures, and increased fatigue. Most people seem to chalk up their grumpy moods to the

12.04.14 Recent Citations – December 4, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Gonzales E, Barrett DW, Shumake J, Gonzalez-Lima F, Lane MA.

11.19.14 Med Associates Fall 2014 JoVE Sponsorship Competition Winner Announced

Congratulations to the Aoki Lab from New York University on being selected as the winner of our Fall 2014 Med Associates Inc. JoVE Article Sponsorship Competition. Tara Chowdhury, a post-doc

11.13.14 Recent Citations – November 13, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Clemenson, G. D., Lee, S. W., Deng, W., Barrera, V.

11.12.14 Med Associates at Neuroscience 2014!

Are you heading to Washington, D.C. next week for the 2014 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting?  Great!  Stop by and see us at Booth #2732 and take a look at

11.06.14 Special Blog Post: An Interview With Anne Marie Brady, Our Most Recent JoVE Winner!

Elucidating Executive Function The brain is capable of so many things: it can maintain a sense and awareness of one’s surroundings, can initiate motor movements, maintain an active sense of

10.30.14 Recent Citations – October 30, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: S. Dubroqua, S.R.L. Low, B.K. Yee, and P. Singer. Caffeine

10.23.14 Experiments on learning in zebrafish (Danio rerio): A promising model of neurocognitive function

Zebrafish have recently become an immensely popular model organism. Some of the reasons for the interest in this model organism include the relatively simple care methods that are needed to

10.16.14 Recent Citations – October 16, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: M E Bowers and K J Ressler. Interaction between the Cholecystokinin and

10.09.14 Epidural Electrical Stimulation: Restoring Movement in Paraplegic Rats

A few years ago, we discussed recent findings into restored locomotion after spinal cord injury in rats.  We are happy to note that members of the same group have recently

10.02.14 Recent Citations – October 2, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Berbari NF, Malarkey EB, Yazdi SM, McNair AD, Kippe JM,

09.25.14 Sleep Disorders and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease still surrounded by many questions for research.  The symptoms of MS are widespread (weakness in muscles, visual troubles, urinary and bowel irregularities, among others)

09.18.14 Recent Citations – September 18, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations:   Auber A, Muthu Karuppasamy NS, Pedercini M, Bertoglio D,

09.11.14 Xenon Gas Shows Potential as PTSD Therapy

Xenon gas, an element used in some lamps and as an anesthetic in humans,  has now been shown to reduce fear-related behavior in response to a fear-associated memory in an

09.04.14 Recent Citations – September 4, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Cameron CM, Wightman RM, Carelli RM. Dynamics of rapid dopamine

08.28.14 Side Effects: New Research in Opioids

It is unfortunately  a very common problem in pain management: opioid-induced constipation.  While morphine is often prescribed for intractable pain such as back pain or other musculoskeletal ailments, morphine or

08.21.14 Recent Citations – August 21, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Ding J, Delpire E. Deletion of KCC3 in parvalbumin

08.14.14 Fear Through the Generations

Fear is a complex emotion. In many instances, fear is a safety mechanism, preventing an organism from entering dangerous situations. In other cases, fear can be unnecessary and disrupt normal

08.07.14 Recent Citations – August 7, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Buffalari DM, Rinaman L.Cocaine self-administration and extinction alter medullary

07.31.14 Bacterial Tolerance: New Clues

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered new information about bacterial tolerance to antibiotics (Fridman et al., 2014). Antibiotic tolerance should not be confused with antibiotic resistance- this

07.24.14 Recent Citations – July 24, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Passecker J, Barlow S, O’Mara SM. Dissociating effects of

07.17.14 Rats to the Rescue?

Rats are often misunderstood. Rats are viewed only as frightening pests by some people, while others are well aware of the importance rats play as laboratory test subjects to better

07.10.14 Recent Citations – July 10, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Apawu AK, Mathews TA, Bowen SE.  Striatal dopamine dynamics

07.03.14 Recent Citations – July 3, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Boley AM, Perez SM, Lodge DJ. A fundamental role

06.26.14 Recent Citations – June 26, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles! Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations: Cousins V, Rose JE, Levin ED. IV Nicotine Self-Administration

06.12.14 Run Mice Run!

We have all seen mice and rats running in wheels, whether in a laboratory setting or as pets.  But, rodent wheel running has actually been an ongoing source of debate:

05.22.14 Recent Citations – May 22, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles!  Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations:   Aronsen D, Webster J, Schenk S. RU 24969-produced

05.15.14 Post-Conditioning Exercise Could Affect the Formation of New Memories

The hippocampus is essential for the formation of place and event memories and the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus is one of the few structures in the adult brain where

05.08.14 Recent Citations – May 8, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles!  Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations:   Carmack SA, Block CL, Howell KK, Anagnostaras SG.  Methylphenidate

05.01.14 Smell Stress: How a Researcher’s Gender Could Matter

Have you heard?  If you’re a male researcher, your scent could be affecting the way your mice behave around you.  Researchers at the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain

04.24.14 Recent Citations – April 24, 2014

Congratulations to all of our customers with recently published articles!  Enjoy perusing just a few of our most recent customer citations:   Blaisdell AP, Lau YL, Telminova E, Lim HC, Fan B, Fast CD, Garlick D, Pendergrass

04.15.14 Congratulations JOVE Publication Winner Anne Marie Brady

We would like to congratulate the most recent winner of our JOVE contest Anne Marie Brady! Anne from St. Mary’s College of Maryland was selected for her submission entitled “Operant Procedures

04.15.14 Med Associates Attending Experimental Biology 2014

Join the Med Associates team at the annual Experimental Biology Meeting at the San Diego Convention Center on April 26th – 30th! We will be at booth 821. For more

04.03.14 Connectomes and Genomes: New Insights

A flurry of exciting publications has recently come out of some large-scale mapping projects.  These projects include the FANTOM consortium, which is working to map gene expression regulation in human

03.22.14 Website Maintenance in Our products Section

Please note that our products area is currently undergoing maintenance and not all products/photos will be available at this time. We are working hard to bring the products area back

02.06.14 Recent Citations

Enjoy perusing a few of our most recent citations: Dougherty SE, Hollimon JJ, McMeekin LJ, Bohannon AS, West AB, Lesort M, Hablitz JJ, Cowell RM.  Hyperactivity and cortical disinhibition in

01.30.14 The Brain of Patient H.M.: New Information Revealed

The patient known as H.M. has been a hallmark of medical neuroscience for decades.  In 1953, after suffering from epileptic seizures for years, Henry Molaison underwent surgery at the age

01.16.14 Understanding the Opioid Receptor: New Findings

Opioids are powerful drugs that have a huge impact on human society.  The opioids include such widely used and powerful pain-relieving medications as morphine and buprenorphine, as well as highly

12.19.13 Can Fear Memory Be Inherited?

Can the lasting effects of a parent’s stress or trauma be passed on to the next generation?  A new study in mice suggests that, indeed, affective states may be passed

12.05.13 Cognitive Crocodiles?

New Research Reveals Tool Use in Reptiles The use of tools is said to require great cognitive capacity, necessitating hand-eye coordination, reasoning and executive control, among other abilities (Vaesen 2011). 

11.21.13 Imaging Neuroscience: Rainbows on the Brain

You have probably seen a double rainbow, but have you seen a Brainbow yet?  Introduced in 2007 by Jeff Lichtman and Joshua Sanes of the Center for Brain Science at

11.11.13 Med Associates at Neuroscience 2013

  It’s been a great few days so far in San Diego!  Are you in San Diego too?  Great!  We’d love to see you at Booth 2924. We are looking forward to

11.07.13 The Musical Brain: Early Training May Improve Hearing Acuity with Age

If you studied a musical instrument in your grade school years, you might be looking forward to more accurate hearing as you age, according to a study published in The

10.24.13 Clean That Up!

How Sleep May Truly Cleanse Your Brain We all know that sleep is good for us.  It helps memory function, mood and overall health.  Yet, surprisingly little evidence exists to

10.10.13 Insight: How we identify the pieces of our world

While it has been hyped as a study in “reading people’s minds,” a new study from the Netherlands does report some very intriguing insight into how the visual system works

09.26.13 Measuring Myelin: New Methods for Detecting Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the myelin sheath of neurons in the brain and spinal cord.  The myelin sheath is responsible for the proper conduction of

08.29.13 Shedding Light on Anxiety Pathways

The brain circuitry underlying anxiety behaviors has been the subject of research for years.  To truly tease apart the neuronal causes of excessive anxiety, specific knowledge of brain regions and

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