RRSSC starts courses with NeuroLux wireless optogenetic implants in rats and mice

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Breakthrough Technologies for Optogenetics

At RRSSC we were impressed by the battery-free lightweight ultra miniaturized implantable optogenetics modules.

The Neurolux devices are fully implantable and ultra-lightweight. The flexible light sources operate wirelessly across nearly any experimental environment with user-definable pulse frequencies and durations. The system can be configured to meet the needs of many different circumstances. The complete system comes with a laptop, user-friendly GUI, and an initial set of disposable implants. 

Conduct studies in freely behaving subjects

NeuroLux system provides invasive tools with no external antennas, batteries, fiber optic cables, or head mount. In addition, the implants have an ultra-lightweight construction (0.02 g), which allows subjects to move naturally as individuals or as interacting members of social groups.

With the wireless battery-free operation, NeuroLux implants have unlimited operational lifetimes. In addition, the thin, flexible form factors allow the device to affix on top of the subject’s skull for up to fourteen months.

Implantation procedure

For surgical implantation, optimal stereotaxic techniques and knowledge of good surgical practice are needed. Next to that, a number of special instruments have been designed by the Neurolux Team to optimize implantation whilst minimizing damage to the implant. We are in the process of setting up a three-day training at RRSSC.

We will keep you posted.