ADInstruments Pty Ltd
ADInstruments Pty Ltd


Colorado Springs, CO, USA


51-200 employees

founded in


ADInstruments and the Classroom of Excellence are committed to promoting diversity in neuroscience research and education. Each year, ADInstruments sponsors scholarships aimed at supporting educators around the world who are leading efforts to increase opportunities for underrepresented minorities in Science, with the award including registration to Crawdad or CrawFly workshops. At the beginning of each year (Jan/Feb) ADInstruments and Cornell University co-host an intensive multi-day workshop based on the original NSF-funded Crawdad Project. We're proud to offer all course participants expert hands-on instruction from Cornell's Ron Hoy, Bruce Johnson, Emory's Bob Wyttenbach, and ADInstruments' Wes Colgan, who have extensive experience teaching neurophysiology. We also make sure each course is equipped with the latest ADInstruments hardware and software. We explore concepts such as synaptic connectivity and plasticity, ionic basis for membrane and action potentials, evolution of excitability and many more, with hands-on exercises and user-friendly software helping workshop participants focus more on the science behind their data, and less on data acquisition per se. A more extensive course is available mid-year that includes methods in neuro-electrophysiology as well as optogenetic approaches using Drosophila melanogaster. This is a comprehensive 5 day workshop, co-hosted by ADInstruments and Cornell University. In addition to Crawdad course instructors, Drosophila neurobiologists Karen Hibbard (Janelia Research Campus) and Illya Vilinsky (University of Cincinnati) demonstrate student friendly exercises based on optogenetic and thermogenetic activation of neural circuits in Drosophila. Attendees will try these protocols as well as techniques to visualize the Drosophila nervous system using fluorescent microscopy. Additional experts and keynote speakers are invited to present unique teaching models that may be of use in your neurophysiology classroom.

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