to the Mainz Animal Imaging Center (MAIC) of the Focus Program Translational Neurosciences (FTN) of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz.

The MAIC represents the small animal imaging platform of the FTN. It consists of two units: the 2-photon life imaging unit, and the small animal MRI unit.

The two-photon life imaging unit provides 2-photon microscopes specifically tailored to the combination of in vivo functional imaging and optogenetics. This includes fast scanners, capable of resolving the optical correlates of neuronal firing patterns on micro-circuit level. Optogenetic modulation can be achieved simultaneously to the imaging process, using either excitatory or inhibitory opsins.

The small animal MRI unit will be equipped with a dedicated small bore small animal 9.4 T MR scanner. It will be specifically designed for morphological and functional neuroimaging. This includes (o)fMRI and DTI. The unit will provide coils for rat as well as mouse imaging.