Last night I was very privileged to attend the opening reception for the Zeiss-UCB Brain Microscopy Innovation Center opening (BrainMIC). The opening talk was by Dr. Isacoff the director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. He showed several images and clips of current research with optogenetics and live imaging of neural activity. He outlined the goal of the joint interdisciplinary team at UCB and the goals moving forward with Zeiss making the technology that will be used to meet them. The presentation was astounding, I was totally mesmerized. The
Next up was Mr. Sharp the President of Zeiss. He gave a really inspiring speech about how the company was founded by one man who needed to quickly add a mathematician and chemist to really get going (the famous Ernst Abbe and Otto Schott). This spirit of combing disciplines made the company great and he sounded so proud to be working with the BrainMIC to come up with the next gen of tech to visualize these projects. I can't wait to see what they come up with!
Here's the goal of the BrainMIC:
Optogenetics is so fascinating! I'll write about it and President Obama's BRAIN Initiative Project next!