Research on Dendrites Wins 2011 Eppendorf & Science Prize
The Portuguese scientist, Tiago Branco M.D., Ph.D. , Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College London has won the 2011 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology for his research on dendrites. His work shows how dendrites discriminate temporal input sequences and apply different integration rules depending on input location. These findings give insight on how the brain performs the computations that underlie behavior, and suggest that even single neurons can solve complex computational tasks.
The Prize is sponsored by Eppendorf and the journal Science. This annual international research prize of US$ 25,000 is open to all young scientists who are 35 years of age or younger and who have made outstanding contributions to neurobiological research. The next deadline for applications is June 15, 2012. For more information about Dr. Branco and the Prize, visit www.eppendorf.com/prize.
Extended contest: The epMotion test
Our campaign "The World of epMotion" starts its next round with an extension of the contest!
Besides “Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc.“ from Phoenix, Arizona/USA, we also visited an European laboratory. In Barcelona/Spain, we found Dr. Antonio Guzmán, head of toxicology department, and his team, who work for the international pharmaceutical chemical group called „ESTEVE“. Their job is to determine the potential adverse effects drugs can have on the experimental systems and on the human being. Thanks to epMotion the team is able to liberate manpower for more specific tasks.
Previously we were looking for laboratories which have already implemented an epMotion and are using it in an extraordinary way for the next film in our short film series. As we received many inquiries frominterested parties whose labs unfortunately do not have an epMotion yet, we decided to expand our campaign.
We want to give the opportunity to a laboratory that works in an interesting scientific environment to integrate automated pipetting in its laboratory work. This lab will be able to use an epMotion exclusively for a trial period!
Would you and your colleagues like to be an epMotion testers?
Tell us about the innovative field you are working in, why automation is important for you and apply for the epMotion testing phase! The lab that convinces us will receive a test device and will be visited by our film crew to record the experience with epMotion in a short film.
We are still looking for casts with experience in automation with the epMotion
Does your lab use epMotion in a particularly innovative way and would you like to present your work on the "The World of epMotion” platform? Apply for the next short film and tell us how epMotion is used in your laboratory! If your story is particularly extraordinary we might be visiting you and your colleagues very soon with our film crew.
The contest runs until 7th of December. Participation is free of charge! Apply now for you and your team to be the stars of our short films. Interested? Then go ahead and fill out our application form.
Eppendorf BioSpectrometer® leads the way to high precision
Combining accuracy, sensitivity and guided operation, the new Eppendorf BioSpectrometer® offers outstanding flexibility in a small, robust instrument. Designed for a wide range of routine and complex applications in genomics, proteomics, cell biology and biochemistry, two versions are available: BioSpectrometer basic and BioSpectrometer kinetic which features a temperature-controlled cuvette holder.
Dr. Tanja Musiol, Global Product Manager Detection, Eppendorf AG, said, ‘The Eppendorf BioSpectrometer® offers a wide variety of procedures for the most diverse methods in molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry. Spectra as well as individual wavelength measurements can be monitored in a spectral range of 200 nm to 830 nm. The innovative software leads the user through the methods in a guided process, minimizing the risk of making mistakes. The entire operating procedure is guided by a help box, which explains each step. Two different models – basic and kinetic – enable selection of the optimal instrument for the individual laboratory’s needs.’
No PC is necessary to operate the system and integrated data processing options enable basic data processing directly on the device. In addition, up to 1,000 results can be stored in the BioSpectrometer directly. Pre-programmed methods facilitate quick start applications and prevent errors, while a USB port is provided for simple data transfer.
The kinetic model with its temperature-controlled cuvette shaft requires no additional accessories in order to study enzyme or substrate kinetics. The temperature of the cuvette shaft can be freely selected between +20°C and +42°C, in 0.1°C increments.
From routine applications such as protein and nucleic acid quantification, to complex molecular biology methods, the Eppendorf BioSpectrometer® delivers highly accurate results and unparalleled versatility combined in a compact instrument.
Welcome to ”The World of epMotion“!
Do you want to get to know the world of automated pipetting by epMotion? Check out our new platform “The World of epMotion”. Starting Oct. 10th, 2011, we are searching for an innovative lab that uses epMotion and tells us its great background story.
epMotion offers labs a revolutionary way of pipetting. We wanted to know where epMotion is used. So we sent out our camera team to observe the work of two independent laboratories. As a result we produced two short films about “The World of epMotion“, showing the exciting environment epMotion is used in – for example at “Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc.“ in Phoenix, Arizona/USA. There, epMotion supports forensic crime detection. Click here to learn more about epMotion and watch video #1!
Become an actor in ”The World of epMotion“
Your lab is using epMotion? Apply for our short film No. 3 and tell us how you use epMotion inyour lab! If your way of using epMotion or your method of research is particularly interesting, very unique or super innovative, we might be visiting you and your colleagues with our camera team soon. You and your lab would be in the center of attention and we would present your work on our platform “The World of epMotion”. Participation is free of charge!
Eppendorf PiezoXpert® – A Giant Leap for Piezo-assisted Micromanipulation
The Eppendorf PiezoXpert® is designed for piezo-assisted manipulation or microinjection techniques. Digital programmable parameter setting allows the user to perforate cell membranes with the utmost accuracy and reproducibility, improving productivity and yields for many microinjection procedures in transgenics, evelopmental biology, and other cell biology applications.
Comprising a control unit, a space-saving piezo actuator and an ergonomic foot control, the Eppendorf PiezoXpert offers intuitive set-up and handling. Impulses may be triggered either through the foot control or a button on the device, with optical feedback confirming pulse activation. Additionally, the number of piezo impulses can be predefined, allowing for gentle and controlled manipulation. Digital parameter setting is via two rotary knobs and all settings for two channels are displayed at the same time.
As Dr Heide Niesalla, Global Product Manager Cell Technology, points out, the Eppendorf PiezoXpert includes a number of unique features which make for excellent ease of use: ‘The construction and operation principle, with direct transmission of the piezo impulse, is designed to provide enhanced reproducibility for techniques such as mouse ICSI, enucleation and injection of ES cells. Three program keys on the PiezoXpert give quick access to stored sets of parameters, while an ultra-fast and powerful ‘clean’ function, also programmable, speeds workflow by removing debris from the capillary. Each time the device is switched on, an automatic self-test is performed, guaranteeing optimum performance.’
In addition to use with Eppendorf’s portfolio of micromanipulation systems, including earlier models, the versatile PiezoXpert is also compatible with products from other manufacturers. With a small 17 x 23 cm footprint, the PiezoXpert fits easily beside any micromanipulation workstation.
Eppendorf Award ceremony 2011
In 2011 the 15,000 € Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators was awarded to Assistant Professor Suzan Rooijakkers, PhD, (University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Medical Microbiology, Utrecht, The Netherlands) for her discoveries of how the pathogen Staphylococcus aureus evades immune attack to survive in the human host.
The Award ceremony took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany.
Eppendorf licenses technology for thermal cyclers to Bulldog Bio
Eppendorf AG has licensed patents covering gradient technology for thermal cyclers to Bulldog Bio Inc. for use in their thermal cyclers, including US patent Nos. 6,767,512 and 7,074,367.
Hot Offers, Cool Solutions!
Limited Promotion September 1 – December 31, 2011
Hot Offers, Cool Solutions! Our new Eppendorf Advantage offers include great savings on ThermoStat plus™, Thermomixer comfort™ and refrigerated microcentrifuges!
Take advantage now! www.eppendorf.com/advantage
Eppendorf Young Investigator Award 2012
Until 15 January 2012, young researchers working in Europe who are not older than 35 years are invited to apply for the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators. This highly prestigious prize was first established in 1995. It acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts.
The winner is selected by an independent expert committee chaired by Kai Simons (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany).
The award winner 2012 will receive
- a prize money of 15,000 Euro
- an invitation to the prize ceremony at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on 9 May 2012
- an invitation to visit Eppendorf AG in Hamburg, Germany
- coverage of his/her work by Nature in print and in a podcast
Full details on the Eppendorf Award, the selection criteria and past award winners can be found at www.eppendorf.com/award. Potential prize winners will find all relevant information for a successful application.
Only online applications are accepted. The official online registration portal can be found at www.eppendorf.com/award/application.
The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators is presented in partnership with Nature.
Concentrator plus in a new, attractive design
Eppendorf is introducing the Concentrator plus in a new, attractive design. Moreover, the capacity was increased by up to 50% (from 8x 25 mL to 6x 50 mL) due to the new Falcon® Combi Rotor for 15 mL & 50 mL Falcon®. An automatic imbalance detection and shutdown prevents damages in case of uneven loading.
The desciccator and centrifugation mode provide important features unique in the market. The Concentrator plus is available in 2 configurations - a basic and a complete version. Thus, the customer can keep on using existing vacuum pump and saves costs by purchasing basic version.
The new Concentrator plus is now available!