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Elsevier's BrainNavigator 3.2 Offers New Functionality to Speed Neurological Research
Date:11/15/2011

WALTHAM, Massachusetts, November 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

- Digital research tool now includes cell counter and improved 3D models

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced new features for its online research tool BrainNavigator. In the updated version, BrainNavigator 3.2, Elsevier has added critical new content and functionality to give researchers additional tools to accelerate their research.

This newest version, BrainNavigator 3.2, includes a "cell counter" that makes the tedious and time-consuming manual counting of cells obsolete. Neuroscientists use a method called "histology" to cut and stain brain slices to evaluate various compounds in particular brain regions.  An accurate means of measuring these stains provides vital information about the way the brain works and what structures are involved in particular functions. Less expensive than high-end systems that are out-of-reach for most researchers, BrainNavigator's new counting tool allows researchers to mark cells systematically for easy analysis, minimizing the errors and miscalculations that often occur when using traditional manual methods.

BrainNavigator is an online, interactive, 3D software tool that extends and advances the application of brain atlases and maps images of brain anatomy, helping neuroscience researchers save time and improve the quality of their daily research. BrainNavigator helps locate the position of structures within the brain, making visualization and communication about scientific findings about the brain easier. The first version, introduced in 2009, received the prestigious PROSE Award in 2009. Updated versions with new features and functionalities have further enhanced the tool ever since.

In addition to the cell counter, BrainNavigator 3.2 includes imp
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