Webinar Recording:
Finding your way in the brain

Using Pinpoint to perform efficient and reproducible electrophysiology experiments


Presenter: Dr. Daniel Birman and Kenneth Yang (both University of Washington, Seattle, USA)

Pinpoint is a trajectory planning tool for stereotactic insertions, used by neuroscientists to plan electrophysiology, fiber photometry, and viral injection experiments available in web browsers, on Windows, and Linux. In this webinar, you’ll learn from Pinpoint’s developers about how to plan an insertion and how to take advantage of the large variety of features available in Pinpoint. These features include detecting collisions for multi-probe insertion plans, scaling reference atlases to match the in vivo shape of the mouse brain, and planning craniotomies. You’ll also learn about how to connect Pinpoint to hardware micromanipulators to allow for remote control of your experiments as well as how to stream anatomical information about your probe locations to data acquisition software in real-time.

Introducing the presenter

Daniel Birman is the lead developer for the virtual brain lab, where he is developing interactive 3D tools for neuroscience. His current projects, Pinpoint and Urchin, help electrophysiologists plan and automate their experiments and explore the massive datasets that they’ve recorded. Dan is a Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Steinmetz Lab at the University of Washington and a member of the International Brain Laboratory.

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