Spencer Smith, PhD, has been awarded the 2015 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award. He will receive $200,000 over two years to expand the range of technologies for studying the brain and its diseases and to make new technologies available to the field of neuroscience.
In previous research with two-photon microscopy, Smith lab developed optical technology to view individual neurons firing in the mouse brain over an area of 1.5 square millimeters; his team then expanded the range to a span of 9.6 square millimeters. Now he is seeking to build a custom optical system to gain access to 1 million neurons (about one-fifth of the neurons in the mouse neocortex) while retaining the ability to observe neurons individually.
For more information about the award, visit the Endowment Fund's website.