The Xu-Friedman lab studies the mechanisms and functions of synaptic plasticity, focussing on auditory nerve synapses in the mouse cochlear nucleus as a model system. The lab investigates both activity- and neuromodulator-dependent plasticities, using electrophysiology and calcium imaging in brain slices. In addition, the functional effects of plasticity are being studied by recording from auditory nerve and cochlear nucleus in vivo.
mafPC is a set of routines written to control Instrutech and National Instruments hardware from Wavemetrics Igor v6 running on either PC or Macintosh computers. It is particularly useful for designing complex stimulation paradigms and collecting responses.
mafPC’s interface is implemented entirely in Igor-native code, so it is platform-independent. That means it is relatively easy to modify the code for sophisticated users.
mafPC can control Heka ITC16 and ITC18, as well as National Instruments E-, M-, and X-series boards. It can theoretically be adapted with minor changes for any data acquisition system.
The package includes:
mafPC is in constant use in our lab as well as others around the world, and it is quite reliable. We encourage you to suggest new features by contacting us. If you publish a paper using mafPC, do please acknowledge using it somewhere in your methods (e.g. “Electrophysiology data were collected using Igor (Wavemetrics) running mafPC (courtesy of M. A. Xu-Friedman)”, or similar.
Download mafPC using the link below.