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CFDRC Scientist Recognized in Nikon Small World Photomicrography Contest

CFDRC Scientist Recognized in Nikon Small World Photomicrography Contest

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. October 31, 2013 - CFD Research Corporation is excited to announce that research scientist Ashley Smith has garnered recognition in the 39th annual Nikon Small World photomicrography contest. Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the microscope.

Ms. Smith’s image of primary rat brain astrocyte cells cultured within CFDRC’s SynVivo blood-brain barrier (BBB) device was declared an “Image of Distinction” by the judging panel. Ms. Smith captured this image while working on the development of the SynVivo-BBB device. In this image, astrocytes are stained for specific cell markers following a week long culture in the device.

“While we are working on a system that can produce analytical data for research, sometimes our work also produces stunning images that show the amazing complexity and beauty of cell biology. The Small World competition is a great platform to share our images with peers and the public,” said Ms. Smith.

“Besides the wonderful imagery, what is more exciting is the fact that these assays are helping researchers understand the interaction between drugs and the vascular, immune and brain cells in the quest to develop new therapies for brain diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s,” said Dr. Prabhakarpandian, Manager, Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering at CFDRC.

“This competition brings together some of the top talent from around the world, from all walks of life and scientific disciplines, with more and more incredible entries submitted each year,” said Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments. “After 39 years we are proud to watch the competition continue to grow, allowing us to honor this pool of talented researchers, artists, and photomicrographers, and showcase the importance and beauty of the work they do in the realm of scientific imaging.”


About SynVivo 
SynVivo® is a physiological, cell-based microchip platform that provides a morphologically and biologically realistic microenvironment allowing real-time study of cellular behavior, drug delivery and drug discovery. More information can be found at

About CFDRC 
CFD Research Corporation develops and commercializes innovative technologies for Biomedical, Energy, and Aerospace markets. CFDRC, founded in 1987, is headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.

Richard Thoms 
Manager, Technology Partnerships 

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