Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. Traditionally, neuroscience has been seen as a branch of biology. Nevertheless, it is currently an interdisciplinary science that involves other disciplines such as psychology, computer science, mathematics, physics, philosophy, and medicine. As a result, the scope of neuroscience has broadened to include different approaches used to study the molecular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational, and medical aspects of the nervous system.
Neuroscience has been divided into numerous specialty areas including molecular and cellular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging. Key areas of research across these specialties include neurocytology, pathway analysis, ion channels, neurotransmitters, vision, audition, olfaction, taste, somatosensation, pain, motor control, sleep, attention, arousal, neurogenesis, neurite outgrowth, neuronal migration, and others.
The techniques used by neuroscientists have also expanded enormously, from biophysical and molecular studies of individual nerve cells to imaging of perceptual and motor tasks in the brain.
Given the preceding list of focus areas, key laboratory techniques include electrophysiology (automated and conventional), microarray analysis, calcium imaging, microscopy, high-content imaging, multi-detection microplate analysis, and biochemical and cell-based assays.
With one of the widest ranges of bioanalytical systems for life sciences research on the market today, Molecular Devices is the ideal choice to support the success of your neuroscience research efforts. We offer industry-leading microscopy and high-content imaging products as well as automated and conventional electrophysiology systems. In addition, we provide numerous configurations of multi-mode microplate readers that support a broad array of biochemical and cell-based assays, including calcium flux and membrane potential assays, and a well-respected family of microarray scanners. Please select among the links below to learn more.