For all of the advancements made in the world of neuroscience, the medical community’s knowledge of the brain is still far from complete.
The organ is extremely complex. One hundred billion neurons, each firing signals and receiving information, make up the brain. Suffice to say, we are still far from fully understanding how the network of neurons works.
The common method for mapping neurons in the brain, whether for research or prior to surgery, is to implant electrodes and monitor electrical signals between neurons. Toronto’s Neurescence is offering a different approach. Part of the Luminate NY accelerator, the company is proprietor of the Quartet, a small fluorescence microscope which, following the implantation of four electrodes in the brain and spinal cord, allows the user to monitor neurons’ natural optical signals.