Xona Microfluidics, Inc. (“Xona”), located in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, is a new sponsor of the Triangle Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. In its first year of sponsorship, Xona attended the 7thAnnual Meeting of the Triangle Society for Neuroscience on September 9, 2022. The purpose of the annual meeting of the Triangle Chapter, Society for Neuroscience (“Triangle SfN”), is to provide a place for local neuroscientists, and companies related to neuroscience, to interact on significant research findings and important topics.
As a company that makes neuroscience research tools, Xona is proud to be a part of the neuroscience community in the Research Triangle of North Carolina. Xona makes devices neuroscientists use in different applications of neuroscience research, including research into neurodegenerative diseases.
Xona’s microfluidic devices are used for studying neurons in vitro. One type of microfluidic device is known as the XonaChip®. Another type of microfluidic device is made of silicone (PDMS) material. Some people prefer XonaChips® for studying stem-cell derived neurons because they provide better cell attachment and long-term growth.
Another Xona product is the ChipTray™, which is a tissue culture ready enclosure for XonaChips® and silicone devices. ChipTrays™ provide an optimized enclosure for phase contrast imaging using air objectives. ChipTrays™ are both compatible with microscopy and EtO processed for sterility.
Xona also provides contract research services to neuroscientists and companies conducting in vitroneuronal research and neurodegenerative disease research.
Alzheimer’s Disease and other topics related to neurodegenerative disease were addressed by speakers at the Triangle Chapter of SfN’s 7th Annual Meeting. Opening remarks were given by Dr. Amir Rezvani, who is President of the Triangle Chapter and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University.
The Keynote Presentation was given by Dr. Baljit Khakh, who is a Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Khakh is world-renowned for research into the understanding of astrocytes and their role in regulation of brain function and investigations into hippocampal circuit excitability and signaling.
Notable topics from local academic speakers included:
- “Neurobehavioral Toxicology: Environmental Pollutants that Impair Behavioral Function,” which was the opening talk addressed by Ed Levin, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University.
- “A Multi-Omic Investigation into the Role of the APOE Genotype in Alzheimer’s Disease,” by Erin Baker, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
- Other exciting and interesting topics in neuroscience were addressed by many speakers, whose talks can be accessed through the hyperlink.
Neuroscientists from public and private university laboratories and private institutions worldwide—in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, and Europe–use Xona’s devices to conduct innovative research. Xona has been cited in over 1,000 scientific journals and publications. For more information about Xona, including TechNotes, protocols and videos that are viewable online, visit our home page at www.xonamicrofluidics.com, or click on Resource Center link at the top of the home page.