Some time ago, a few postdocs and grad students at Stanford University were commiserating about the vagaries and seemingly voodoo-esque nature of patch-clamp slice physiology. We (being Alex Goddard and Koji Takahashi) reasoned that if the group pooled our knowledge (and did a bit of background reading), light would be shed on the logic underlying various techniques.
We organized an initial discussion to cover aspects of brain slicing, some aspects of recording, and some basic pharmacology. As of December, 2012, we’ve hosted three sessions, covering aspects of whole cell recording, imaging, in vivo recording techniques, optogenetics, and some data analysis.
This site is meant to be a repository of the audio/video of the sessions, as well as relevant papers and links from our discussion for all to enjoy. We hope this may become a forum for continued discussion.
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Alex Goddard, Ph.D., is an electrophysiologist and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, currently working with Eric Knudsen and John Huguenard. His research interests lie in understanding the synaptic and circuit mechanisms that control attention and behavior.
Koji Takahashi, Ph.D., is an electrophysiologist and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, currently working with David Prince. His research interests lie in understanding the neuronal and glial mechanisms that control excitability in the brain, particularly as they relate to epilepsy.