Stereotaxic electrode placement in the neonatal rat

J Neurosci Methods. 1979 Mar;1(1):41-76. doi: 10.1016/0165-0270(79)90006-2.


A head holder for stereotaxic electrode placement in the neonatal rat is described. The neonatal head is held in a fixed and reproducible position by means of a mouth bar and a recurved needle hooked into the foramen magnum. With the aid of this instrument, a stereotaxic atlas for the 3-day-old rat has been prepared. The head holder has been used for rats up to 10 days of age and permits electrode placement in the neonatal rat in a manner essentially analogous in ease and precision to that of stereotaxic methods for the adult animal.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn / anatomy & histology*
  • Brain / anatomy & histology*
  • Rats / anatomy & histology*
  • Stereotaxic Techniques / instrumentation*