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Methods in Neurosciences - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121852566, 9781483284927

Methods in Neurosciences, Volume 3

1st Edition

Quantitative and Qualitative Microscopy

Editor: P. Michael Conn
eBook ISBN: 9781483284927
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th November 1990
Page Count: 494
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Table of Contents

(Section Headings): Autoradiography. Quantification of Structures: Statistical and Computational Methods. Tracing Neuronal Connections: Tracers, Toxins, and Dyes. Staining Technology. Freezing Techniques. Combined and High-Resolution Methods. Addendum. Index.


Because of the significance of morphology and cellular communication unique to the functioning and interdependence of neural systems, many of the advances in the neurosciences rely on classic as well as new microscopy techniques.

Key Features

A convenient bench-top formatMethods presented for easy adaptation to new systemsComprehensive protocols included forAutoradiography: measurement of hormone receptors, high-resolution techniques, double labeling and combined techniquesStatistical and computational methods: video imaging, three-dimensional reconstructions, means of structural quantitation, unbiased sampling methods, measurement of analysis of neuronal connections, staining, and individual axon arborsTracing neuronal connections: tracer, toxin, and dye methodsStaining techniques: fluoro-gold, SITS, and silver impregnationFreezing techniques: freeze fracture and cryoprotectionCombined and high-resolution techniques: double-label tracer techniques, incident light polarization, light and electron microscopic techniques


Neurochemists, neurophysiologists, neuropharmacologists, neuroanatomists, neuroendocrinologists, geneticists, biochemists, microbiologists, as well as molecular, cell, and developmental biologists.


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About the Editor

P. Michael Conn

P. Michael Conn is the Senior Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He is The Robert C. Kimbrough, Professor of Internal Medicine and Cell Biology/Biochemistry. He was previously Director of Research Advocacy and Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Cell Biology and Development and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University and Senior Scientist of the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). He served for twelve years as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of the ONPRC. After receiving a B.S. degree and teaching certification from the University of Michigan (1971), a M.S. from North Carolina State University (1973), and a Ph.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine (1976), Conn did a fellowship at the NIH, then joined the faculty in the Department of Pharmacology, Duke University Medical Center where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982. In 1984, he became Professor and Head of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, a position he held for eleven years. Conn is known for his research in the area of the cellular and molecular basis of action of gonadotropin releasing hormone action in the pituitary and therapeutic approaches that restore misfolded proteins to function. His work has led to drugs that have benefitted humans and animals. Most recently, he has identified a new class of drugs, pharmacoperones, which act by regulating the intracellular trafficking of receptors, enzymes and ion channels. He has authored or co-authored over 350 publications in this area and written or edited over 200 books, including texts in neurosciences, molecular biology and endocrinology. Conn has served as the editor of many professional journals and book series (Endocrinology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Endocrine, Methods, Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science and Contemporary Endocrinology). Conn served on the National Board of Medical Examiners, including two years as chairman of the reproduction and endocrinology committee. The work of his laboratory has been recognized with a MERIT award from the NIH, the J.J. Abel Award of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Weitzman, Oppenheimer and Ingbar Awards of the Endocrine Society, the National Science Medal of Mexico (the Miguel Aleman Prize) and the Stevenson Award of Canada. He is the recipient of the Oregon State Award for Discovery, the Media Award of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and was named a distinguished Alumnus of Baylor College of Medicine in 2012. Conn is a previous member of Council for the American Society for Cell Biology and the Endocrine Society and is a prior President of the Endocrine Society, during which time he founded the Hormone Foundation and worked with political leadership to heighten the public’s awareness of diabetes. Conn’s students and fellows have gone on to become leaders in industry and academia. He is an elected member of the Mexican Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the co-author of The Animal Research War (2008) and many articles for the public and academic community on the value of animal research and the dangers posed by animal extremism. His op/eds have appeared in The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Des Moines Register, and elsewhere. Conn consults with organizations that are influenced by animal extremism and with universities and companies facing challenges from these groups.

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, USA