Multi-neuron Recording Module
The visual neurophysiology faculty at UC Davis all use multi-electrode methods and employ a variety of hardware and software systems for acquisitiona nd analysis. The primary purpose of the Multi-neuron Recording Module is to develop standard tools for acquisition and analysis, allowing multiple labs to work together and share tools more easily. Additionally, this Module provides programming needs for stimulus control as well as data acquisition and analysis specially designed for CORE investigators that could not be supported by their individual R01 awards.
Microscopy Anatomy Module
The NEI core Microscopy Anatomy Module has proven very effective in rectifying the progressively aging and dispersal of individually supported and shared equipment required to conduct top quality microscopy, as well as the space and expertise required for the equipment upkeep. The module has been given 400 square feet of dedicated space in Tupper Hall on campus, which has permitted the assembly of existing as well as new equipment purchased by the NEI grant and matching funds from the School of Medicine. The facility provides microscopy support at several levels. First it has permitted the acquisition of dedicated space and equipment in which, and with which, the work can be accomplished by students, technitians, and investigators. Second, it provides the opportunity and expertise for the training of such individuals to achieve independence in microscopy techniques. And, third it provides microscopy services, such as tissue interpretation, sectioning, labeling, and imaging.
The Center's machine shop for instrument fabrication features design and engineering using CAD computer programs as needed for the construction of precision devices. Modifications and repairs are often required for custom electromechanical devices and laboratory procedures evolve. The machine shop is well equipped and would provide support for staff members with many years experience, not only working with metals, but also with plastics and wood. Through this module, vision scientists will have priority in obtaining precision machine shop support.
Retinal Cell Culture Module
This module is housed in the life science addition on the UC Davis main campus. Dedicated cell culture lab space is available in three connected rooms. Twho of these rooms are dedicated to work in laminar flow hoods and one is an anteroom set up for centrifugation, examination of cultures, and preparation of media. Together these rooms occupy a space of 430 square feet. Other space includes a dedicated 200 square foot glassware facility for distilled water manufacture and sterilization. Additionally, a small machine shop of 90 square feet is also available and houses equipment necessary to manufacture necessary glass and plasticware.