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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
OHSU and Cornell to develop microdevices to study axonal development

A team comprising Gary Banker (Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University) and Brian Kirby (Cornell Micro- and Nanofluidics Laboratory, Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell) will develop microfluidic devices to investigate axonal development in neurons and its relation to cell microenvironment. This project, supported by the Nanobiotechnology Center, will involve substrate patterning for control of axonal growth, spatiotemporal control of nerve growth factors with microfluidics, and imaging of vesicular carriers and axonal transport.