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Monday, 06 May 2013 08:27

The Company

Panlab Harvard Apparatus

 

One of the world leading developers of solutions for behavioural in Neuroscience

Panlab is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and software developers of products and systems for life science animal research. The Panlab brand is a well-established name specialized in the field of neuroscience research, providing a wide range of solutions for studying behavior and physiology in small laboratory animals.

Committed with Biomedical Research

 

Our products help solve relevant problems in basic and clinical psychopharmacology. Applications includes the study of brain functions (cognition, memory, emotion…), the study of related pathologies (Alzheimer, Parkinson, depression, addiction…) and the discovery and screening of new therapeutic compounds.

Beyond making major commercial efforts worldwide, Panlab, S.L.U. Domestic Sales also aims to satisfy the needs of housing for investigation animals, such as the supply of animal cages and accessories.

For more than 50 years, our constant concern has always been  to offer our customers the best service and full attention resulting in a dynamic business focus. A constant effort is made to guarantee that high quality standards are accomplished in every detail.

History

Panlab S.L.U has been working for more than 50 years in behavioral neuroscience (Foundation date: 1969).

Historically, the company is the fusion of two companies: a Sales company (Panlab) providing the sales network and marketing and an R&D company (LETICA) providing the main lines of products and innovation.

The owner and status of the company changed in 2007 when Panlab S.L.U. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of HarvardApparatus (now Harvard Bioscience) Group. 

Innovation, Flexibility and Service

The company is constantly renewing and evolving its business model in order to keep pace with the flexible and changing nature of the research market. Our R&D team covers the whole process from the first link in the instrumental chain of manufacturing process (design, mechanics, electronics...) to the software development for the acquisition and processing of data. The expertise of Panlab in bioscience is endorsed by a great amount of studies published by Panlab product users.

  • Pioneers in the development of modular skinner boxes
  • Pioneers in moving the video-tracking systems from DOS to Windows™
  • Pioneers in the use of extensometric weight transducers for activity, position & intake evaluation
  • Pioneers in the evaluation of non-invasive indirect blood pressure

Constant upgrading and re-engineering of our products in order to maintain quality, reliability and applicability standards are a must for us. We offer consultancy services enabling the customization of techniques/products related to your field of interest. Additional scientific assistance and guidance in the application of the various research techniques are available. Complete solutions at hand for the researcher is our goal.

Our Philosophy - Simply Powerful!

Who said that “advanced” and “flexible” is incompatible with “straightforwardness”? Our products are developed with the daily experimental process in mind - easy-to-use interface and highly flexible structure fitting the most applications and budgets.

The advanced features of our products ensure reliable data and increased productivity, saving valuable time and resources for the experimenter.

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

STARTLE AND FEAR CONDITIONING System

The StartFear Combined system is a polyvalent system for conducting both fear conditioning and startle reflex experiments in one same enclosure, regardless the animal is a rat or a mouse (from 15grs to 300 grs. or more depending on the use or not of a restrainer).

Basically, the StartFear system allows recording and analysis of the signal generated by the animal movement through a high sensitivity Weight Transducer system.

The analogical signal is transmitted to the FREEZING and STARTLE software modules through the load cell unit for recording purposes and posterior analysis in terms of activity/immobility (FREEZING) or startle response characterization (STARTLE).

An additional interface associated with corresponding hardware allows controlling the stimuli (light, sounds, shock, air puff) from the STARTLE and FREEZING modules of the PACKWIN software (PACKWINCSST and PACKWINCSFR, respectively).

The StartFear cage is made with black methacrylate walls and a transparent front door. In fear conditioning experiment, the walls, cover and floor can be of different materials or colours. Moreover, a transparent cylinder can be placed into the experimental chamber in order to modify the contextual spatial perception of the subject during the test phase.

 

Prepulse Inhibition (PPI) paradigm is commonly used to evaluate sensorimotor gating as well as attentional processes involved in information selection processing.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:23

5 choice serial reaction time task

The 5-choice serial reaction time (5CSRT) task is commonly used to evaluate attention performance using visual discrimination in laboratory animals. It represents a conditioning paradigm, involving intact attention processes.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

FIVE/NINE HOLES Box (5/9 HOLE BOX)

The 5/9 holes box is commonly used to evaluate attention performance using a visual discrimination task in laboratory animals.

The Panlab 5/9 holes box is composed by a test chamber, food or drink dispenser, a Link Box to connect it to the PC and the PackWin software. The particularity of the Panlab box is that 9 holes positions are available for the test providing an higher protocol flexibility: different number of holes used, different degrees of test difficulty.

The 5/9 holes box is assembled with black aluminium walls and a transparent front door. The box is equipped with an arc of 9 contiguous apertures set into the rear wall, a house light, a food pellet dispenser and photobeams to detect the nose-pokes into the food holder. The holes not used in the experiment may be blocked up using a metal insert. Each hole is equipped with photocell beams and internal LED providing visual cues specific to each hole. The intensity of the LED can be adjusted in Link Box using the digital selector. The box is placed on a stainless-steel platform and the associated tray is easily removable to clean animal excrements.

All Panlab five hole boxes are associated with the potent and versatile PackWin software in order to control the experiment (protocol configuration, experiment running) and obtain relevant data such as correct responses, incorrect responses, omissions, premature responses, perseverance responses, time out responses, total receptacle head entries, etc.

Different experimental paradigms for sustained attention, animal models of impulsive behaviour and lateralized-discrimination task can be conducted using the nine-hole box.

The 5-choice serial reaction time task (5CSRT task) is a task currently used in this kind of boxes. A specific Packwin software module is available for ready-to-use configurations, Run panel and Data reports directly targeted to 5-choice serial reaction tasks.

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