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Trial of BrainNavigator

OHSU Library is participating in a free trial of a new product from Elsevier, BrainNavigator ( The trial will run through July 15, 2009. The trial requires free, individual, online registration at for each user. Every user is required to login to BrainNavigator to have access to BrainNavigator’s custom features like personalized workspace annotation, calibration, notes sharing, 3D slice configuration and saving of 3D model configurations. Additional information is available in the announcement from Elsevier, included below.

The Library is actively seeking feedback on this product, to judge its usefulness to OHSU researchers. Questions or comments can be sent to Sara Piasecki, Head of Historical Collections & Archives ( or 503-418-2287) or to Emily McElroy, Head of Collection Development ( or 503-494-6659).


Announcement from Elsevier: BrainNavigator is our latest workflow tool designed around how Elsevier can provide more than just journal and book content. This workflow tool is for the modern researcher. No more hours spent sifting through 100s of pages of a brain atlas.  This is expected to take the research community by storm through its technology, content, and ability to share findings and notes with other researchers.
BrainNavigator is a marriage of traditional book content with cutting edge technology. This workflow tool is rooted in information from ScienceDirect and brain atlases such as George Paxinos and Charles Watson’s “The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates”. The true innovation could not have been accomplished without close collaboration with the non-profit organization, The Allen Institute for Brain Science. Their cutting edge 3-D technology meshed with Elsevier content creates the most powerful and prolific tool for neuroscience research to date.
When this product was first introduced last year during the Neuroscience Conference in Washington D.C., jaws dropped. As a result numerous videos and web discussions have emerged. Below is a link to a 60 second clip and short article that can provide a glimpse of how this can change research.

We hope you will find BrainNavigator intuitive to use, and if you run into questions, its extensive help files are available. When in BrainNavigator, simply click the “Help” button in the top navigation bar to open a window where you can search by the topic, or you can browse the index. 

Also within the “Help” area within BrainNavigator are tutorials to get you started with both the 2D and 3D applications.

More information on BrainNavigator can be found at 

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