"To sound someone out", this phrase is familiar to all of us. In the context of nerve cells, however, some medical scientists have taken this statement literally. The complex interplay of individual nerve cells or entire groups of nerves has developed into an increasingly practicerelated field of fundamental research. The data acquired here can improve the use of control interfaces for artificial limbs or help alleviate the impact of nervous disorders like Parkinson’s disease with new therapies. Here, too, state-of-the-art miniature motors are the key to success. They represent reproducible, accurate motion with minimal space requirement, an important prerequisite in the µm-world of nerve cells.
Modern science gets to the bottom of things. Working hypotheses are made, then test series are arranged to show if the thesis was right or if totally different preconditions are true. Particularly in the complex field of biological data processing the practical in vivo measurement of nerves sets high standards for the measuring equipment. An important instrument for neural research is produced by the Thomas Recording GmbH, Giessen, Germany. Their multichannel microelectrode manipulator systems allow simultaneous measurements in different areas of the plexus. Here a compact construction is decisive for easy-to-operate devices. For this reason the measuring expert relies on the miniature drive specialist FAULHABER. Small drives adapted to the particular application ensure complex, precisely controlled motion in small spaces.