The Most Comprehensive Source of Stereology Information on the Web
Stereology Information for the Biological Sciences
This site introduces both basic and advanced concepts of Stereology. The emphasis is on the use of stereology in biological research, though anyone interested in learning concepts of stereology will find something of interest. The application of stereological methods to biological studies permits researchers to effectively and efficiently gather unbiased, accurate data. This site is dedicated to helping researchers understand the principles of design-based stereology and its advantages over less sophisticated approaches in quantitative histology. Design-based stereology is a set of methods to ensure rigorous quantitative analysis of the size, shape, and number of objects. When properly used, stereology plays an important role in validating and rejecting experimental hypotheses in biological research. It produces results that are unbiased, efficient, and more reliable than other ad hoc quantitative analyses. Unbiased stereology provides an important contribution to the advancement in biological research by improving the consistency and dependability of quantitative analytical results produced in the laboratory and reported in scientific publications.
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Recent Stereology News
Recent peer-reviewed publications show that Stereo Investigator continues to be the leading stereology system
In 2014 researchers used Stereo Investigator in 698 peer-reviewed papers – citing it nearly three times more than all other stereology systems combined. These researchers often tell us the reasons Stereo Investigator continues to be the most widely used system for unbiased stereology are:
It has sophisticated integration with all research microscopes and nearly all imaging technologies
It provides repeatable, unbiased data about neuron populations and regions of interest
The reliable and knowledgeable technical support and research expertise provided by MBF Bioscience
Professor Mark J. West, co-developer of the Optical Fractionator stereology probe and Professor of Medical Neurobiology at Aarhus University in Denmark, says “Stereo Investigator is the most reliable tool for collecting unbiased stereology data. It’s backed by excellent technical and research support teams at MBF – you can call to ask about stereology probes, tissue preparation, microscope hardware, basically anything regarding your stereology study.”