The Most Comprehensive Source of Stereology Information on the Web
What is Stereology.info?
Stereology.info, the Stereology Information Center, includes a wide range of knowledge about stereology. This site introduces both basic and advanced concepts in the field. The emphasis is on its use 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 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.
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 as all other stereology systems combined. These researchers tell us the reasons it continues to be the most widely used system for unbiased stereology are:
it works with many different microscopes and imaging technologies
it provides unbiased data about neuron populations and regions of interest
of the with strong technical and research support provided by MBF Bioscience
Dr. Mark West, co-developer of the Optical Fractionator stereology probe and Professor of Medical Neurobiology at Aarhus University in Denmark, sums up why Stereo Investigator was cited in so many more publications than all other stereology systems combined: “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.”