Contributing Members

Contributing Members represent the highest level of support for the programs of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.  The contributions of the following members make our Undergraduate Travel Award program as well as our Equipment Loan program possible. We are continually thankful for their generous support.

The Grass Foundation is a small, not-for-profit, private foundation chartered to support research and education in neuroscience.  The foundation has been a strong supporter of FUN.  The money donated to FUN by the Grass Foundation has permitted the creation of a endowment that will ensure the success of FUN for years to come.

ADInstruments develops high performance digital data acquisition solutions for biomedical research including neuroscience. We’re proud to support scientists with user-friendly software, specialized training and solution-focused systems that ensure data confidence and enable innovation and discovery - with proven results! Our equipment is cited in more than 50,000 research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Campden Instruments offers a comprehensive range of systems to meet your behavioural, activity, spatial orientation, psychomotor and tissue sectioning needs. New for this year are our revolutionary touchscreen systems for animal behaviour, developed from University of Cambridge, England along with the 5-9 hole systems. Our Vibrating Microtomes produce sections with highly preserved cell integrity which can be kept viable for hours and days in our slice chambers and perfusion systems.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a global research university with more than 13,285 students, 98,000 alumni, and 5,000 faculty and staff. CMU has been a birthplace of innovation since its founding in 1900.  Today, we are a global leader bringing groundbreaking ideas to market and creating successful startup businesses.

Coulbourn Instruments Designs, Manufactures and Markets Life Science Research Instrumentation used by Leading Scientists worldwide for Behavioral and Physiological Research. Systems include Habitest for Operant and Classical Conditioning, Self Administration, ICSS, Passive Avoidance, Shuttle Avoidance, Radial Mazes, Elevated Mazes, Appetitive and Aversive Conditioning; Tru Scan Photocell based Activity Systems; LabLinc V, the Portable Physiology Platform, and the Human Measurement System for Physiological Research. Coulbourn Instruments distributes Actimetrics’ FreezeFrame Contextual Fear Conditioning, LimeLight Video Tracking, WaterMaze, Big Brother and ClockLab Circadian Biology Research Systems.

DSI is a pioneering biomedical research company focused on systems physiology and pharmacology.  The recognized global leader in physiologic monitoring, DSI offers telemetry, instrumentation, and software and services that help advance science.

Kinder Scientific has been revolutionizing behavioral automation for over 12 years.  Consider the new Behavioral System Core, a completely new approach to behavioral automation. We have designed a single, universal control chassis that will run all of our behavioral assays: Open Field, Cage Rack, Plus Maze, Rotometer, Light/Dark, Startle Reflex, Forced Swim , Active and Passive Avoidance, Tail Suspension, Cue and Contextual Fear Conditioning, Place Preference, Learning Hole Board.

Lafayette Instrument's commitment to the scientific community is underscored by the investments that we have made in creating product lines that lead the industry not only in breadth, application and ease of use but also in their state-of-the-art design.  We always put our customers first.  We are delighted that you consider us to be your hardware and research software supplier of choice.  If you have any questions, ideas, or concerns, please do not hesitate to stop by our booth in Chicago.

Leica Microsystems will exhibt the Leica VT vibrating blade microtomes, SM2010 S sliding microtome, cryostats, Novocastra reagents, and a range of consumable products that are designed for the most precise specimen preparation. Leica Microsystems also features the widest range of EM specimen preparation products, as well. Imaging solutions include the white light laser confocal, compound microscope systems, and Leica AM TIRF MC.

MBF Bioscience designs quantitative imaging software for stereology, neuron reconstruction, and image analysis, integrated with the world’s leading microscope systems, to empower your research. While they specialize in neuroscience research, their products are also used extensively in stem cell research, lung, kidney, reproductive, cardiac, and toxicology research. Their flagship products, Stereo Investigator and Neurolucida, are the most widely-used analysis systems for stereology and neuron reconstruction.

Med Associates Inc. is the leading manufacturer, software developer, and supplier of products for behavioral psychology, pharmacology, neuroscience, and related research and teaching areas.  Our product lines include operant conditioning chambers and accessories for rats, mice, pigeons, and non-human primates, Med-PC® software for behavioral experimentation control, sound attenuation cubicles, video tracking systems, Rota Rod treadmills, open field activity arenas, conditioned place preference apparatus, and many other software and hardware solutions.  Some of our new products include Video Freeze for conditioned immobility and fear conditioning, Morris Water Maze, and wireless running wheels for circadian rhythm analysis. 

  • Noldus -Contributing Member since 2006

Noldus offers computer software and integrated systems for recording and analyzing the behavior of animals or humans. Our products include EthoVision XT (the superior video tracking, motion analysis and behavior recognition software), The Observer XT (for the collection and analysis of observational data), and CatWalk XT (the advanced system for automated quantitative analysis of gait in rats an mice). Please visit our booth for a free demonstration and information on how our solutions can work for you.

Nu Rho Psi is the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, founded in 2006 by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.  Membership is by invitation and is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of Neuroscience one of their major interests and who meet the other academic qualifications. Nu Rho Psi is also open to qualifying Neuroscience faculty and alumni of Neuroscience programs.

For more than 30 years, San Diego Instruments has served the scientific community as a comprehensive resource for the design, manufacture and distribution of behavioral neuroscience research instruments used in human and animal studies. Their premier SR-LAB™ is the world’s most widely used startle response system. At SDI, their commitment to developing quality products that stand the test of time is matched only by their dedication to excellent customer service.

Founded in 1969, Sinauer Associates, Inc. publishes college-level textbooks and educational multimedia in biology, psychology, neuroscience, and allied disciplines. The company strives to work with talented and knowledgeable authors, to create books and media that are beautifully designed and produced, and to communicate effectively with each title's intended audience.

Neuroscience was implemented as a new interdisciplinary major in 1999, replacing the Psychobiology Program and providing a base of experiences in biology, chemistry and psychology.  Our students benefit from being able to work in small classes and to experience investigative lab experiences even in their introductory courses.  Wellesley's neuroscience majors graduate with a liberal arts background coupled with sufficient concentration in this specialized field to be competitive among students coming from exclusively research-oriented institutions.

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Students entering the Neuroscience Program at Brandeis have opportunities to work in a range of fields, from cognitive neuroscience to the structure and function of ion channels. Brandeis University is an exciting place for Neuroscience research and study because we have an outstanding and highly interactive research community. The Neuroscience laboratories are housed within the Volen Center and adjoining buildings, and this close proximity facilitates the high degree of collaboration and exchange for which Brandeis has become famous. There are presently 20 Neuroscience faculty found in four participating departments (Biology, Biochemistry, Psychology, and Chemistry). There are today approximately 38 Neuroscience Program Ph.D. students, who often work side-by-side with Ph.D. students in the other Life Sciences graduate programs at Brandeis. The Brandeis Life Sciences offers two programs to the prospective graduate student interested in Neuroscience: M.S. Program in Neuroscience and the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience.

  • IMPULSE -Contributing Member since 2009

IMPULSE is the first international, online neuroscience journal for undergraduate publications.  Submissions are reviewed by students worldwide under faculty guidance, and articles are immediately published online as they are accepted.  If you are interested in becoming a peer-reviewer for IMPULSE, contact the editor-in-chief.

Fine Science Tools is the leading distributor of precision European surgical and microsurgical instruments to the scientific and biomedical research community worldwide.

With over 40 years of real-world engineering experience in both industry and academia, MindWare brings a wealth of experience to solve your complex computer based data acquisition, instrumentation and analysis needs. MindWare is also committed to continually improving our products and systems by integrating the best of new technologies and methods into our products as they become available. MindWare has an active presence in the academic and medical research community and we have specialized in developing systems for physiological signal acquisition and data analysis.

SimBiotic Software produces inquiry-driven virtual laboratories for biology education.Convenient workbooks guide students through simulated experiments that explore a wide range of key concepts. Our strong track record receiving competitive educational research grants and our resulting publications reflect the rigor and quality of our products.

  • ThorLabs -Contributing Member since 2008

Thorlabs, an active member of the Photonics community for over 15 years, manufactures photonics components including optomechanics, optics, lasers, LEDs, optical detectors, motion control equipment, vibration isolation systems. In addition, we provide system-level imagingsolutions such as our complete OCT, confocal, and ASOM imaging systems. The manufacturing, and sales offices based in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, Japan, France, and China are committed to providing superior customer service and same-day shipment of stock items. Thorlabs also welcomes the opportunity to partner in the development of photonics technologies and participate in collaborations that will lead to peer-reviewed research projects.