Raptor SWIR camera used in the “pursuit of happiness”!
Researchers at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, are investigating the vast and complex network necessary for an organism to sense and react to the world. To do this, researchers must study neurons, which are the building blocks of the nervous system. Neurons connect to create complex networks at highly specialized junctions. Individual cells communicate at these ‘synapses’ by releasing chemical signals (or neurotransmitters) such as dopamine. Despite the central role that synapses play in the brain, it remains challenging to measure exactly where neurotransmitters are released and how far they travel from their release site. Currently, most tools available to scientists only allow bulk measurements of neurotransmitter release. Using a Raptor Ninox II Vis-SWIR camera has enabled researchers to study how dopamine is released from subcellular compartments that have previously not been well characterized.