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Olympus Discovery Center brings advanced microscopy to brain research


Olympus continues to demonstrate its commitment to advancing bioscience research with the opening of the new Olympus Discovery Center at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on the Brain and Learning (CIRCA) at the University of Montreal. The new facility provides researchers with access to the advanced microscopy tools they need to advance their research.

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Improving learning by studying processes at the neural level

Comprised of more than 60 researchers from seven faculties, CIRCA strives to accelerate interdisciplinary research in brain science and its applications through disciplines that operate in practice settings. CIRCA scientists use state-of-the-art equipment at the Olympus Discovery Center to study the neural basis of brain development, function, neuroplasticity, learning processes, and factors that disrupt and promote learning at different ages. They are also developing new intervention approaches to improve learning by creating links between brain science and data science.

Support bioscience research with advanced imaging systems

To study the function, development and regeneration of the central nervous system at the cellular and subcellular level, the Olympus Discovery Center at CIRCA is fully equipped with innovative and high-performance optical microscopes. The microscopy lab includes some of Olympus’ most advanced systems for life science imaging, including a FLUOVIEW™ FV3000 Upright Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope, a PhaseView® Alpha3 light sheet microscope, as well as several conventional inverted and electrophysiology microscopes.

By combining the imaging expertise of local Olympus staff with the tissue clearing capability and research ingenuity of CIRCA, the Olympus Discovery Center at CIRCA is positioning itself as a focal point of education and demonstration for the research community in Quebec and Eastern Canada.

The inauguration of an Olympus Discovery Center at the University of Montreal is part of our desire to encourage and promote innovation and discovery in biosciences. We are proud that Olympus microscopy technologies will help CIRCA scientists make advances in neuroscience research that will help shape and improve the way people learn.

Lee Wagstaff, Vice President of Sales, Marketing for Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas

“CIRCA is a unique research center that promotes interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches to study brain function and lifelong learning. The Olympus Discovery Center will be instrumental in exploring the neural bases of learning and developing new therapeutic strategies to restore brain function. Olympus and CIRCA provide the best environment to train the next generation of health researchers and practitioners,” says Jean-François Bouchard, Associate Director of Research, Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs, School of Optometry, University of Montreal.

Olympus Discovery Centers provide researchers with the ability to acquire and analyze vital imaging data using advanced microscopy tools. They also serve as a nexus for histology training, information and technique development, and a learning center for sample preparation, imaging, and image processing. Olympus works closely with its academic partners to develop new products to meet the changing needs of researchers.


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