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Users tell us

  • “We have been using CED equipment for at least 20 years in order to collect EMG and EEG data during our studies of human motor control in health and disease. We use the Signal and Spike software extensively to control experiments and analyse data and have seen the programs evolve and become ever more impressive over the years. CED have been remarkably receptive to our suggestions for additions to the software, such as interface panels for external equipment such as TMS devices and multichannel amplifiers. They have also regularly provided pretty well immediate help with any in house software programming. Its hard to fault the level of service that we have received so consistently.”
    John Rothwell
    Professor of Human Neurophysiology
    UCL Institute of Neurology

  • “I have been using CED equipment and software since 1996. It revolutionised data capture and analysis for me allowing fully customised approaches . CED Spike 2 continues to provide the most effective way to customise study protocols and design new analytical methods. The support we have received from CED has been outstanding and allowed development of fully automated multivariable data capture and online analysis of huge data sets obtained from many subjects simultaneously. There simply are no limitations.”
    Professor Julian F R Paton
    School of Physiology and Pharmacology
    University of Bristol

  • “I used various CED programs, especially Spike2 in more recent years, and the data acquisition units the 1401 and later the micro 1401. These units are very versatile, and I know I hardly used a fraction of what they are capable of.
    The company has always been enormously supportive and helpful. I always knew that if I phoned them, someone would help me find the answer, or even on occasion, write bits of script for us to help us move forward. They run regular training courses, of course, and keep in touch with CED users by making visits to their labs, always trying to find out what more might be needed, both to help and presumably to guide the development of their hardware and software.
    Even having been retired for six years, I am still using the last version of spike2 that I have access to, and I am certain that if I needed it, help would be at the end of the phone.”
    Professor Sally Lawson
    School of Physiology and Pharmacology
    University of Bristol

  • “I would say that 1401 is the most versatile interface on the market and while there are several others, this one comes with the best software package for those who do not want to spend months fiddling with the software. It is true that there are relatively cheap ADC/DAC boards for DIY enthusiasts but to make good use of them you need an engineer to work in your team. And then the analysis is also "up to you". While Spike almost does it all for you and if you are up to it, you can programme almost anything. It is also a European product, which is yet another reason to buy it.”
    Dr Sergey Kasparov
    Department of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
    University of Bristol

  • “CED is a very mature company in developing advanced hardware and software for electrophysiology. I have been using 1401s and Spike 2 over 20 years. They are always there to help when you have a need.”
    Dr Fei-Yue Zhao
    Chief Technical Officer at NeuroSolutions Ltd
    Warwick Medical School

  • “We at the Physiological Laboratory, Cambridge, have had a prolonged relationship with Cambridge Electronic Design (CED), to my knowledge dating before 1976, with therefore experience in its succession of products including the original 502 in addition to the series of 1401 systems.
    We have greatly benefited from a cordial, straightforward relationship based on firm trust, not only in the quality of CED software and hardware, but also the continued relationship and assistance in bespoke problems. CED products and the company relationships they bring about are therefore ideal for both the beginning and experienced scientists at their respective levels of electrophysiological work.”
    Christopher Huang
    Professor of Cell Physiology
    University of Cambridge

  • "I have been a customer of the CED for almost 30 years and during this time I have always been happy with their hardware, software and the customer service"
    Dr Stanislaw Glazewski
    School of Life Sciences
    Keele University

  • “I have used 1401s and Spike2 for many, many years in my neuroscience research and have been delighted with both, and with the excellent support provided by CED.
    Prof Bruce Matthews
    Dept of Physiology & Pharmacology
    University of Bristol

  • “We have been using Spike2 software in conjunction with CED1401 data acquisition for about 20 years in order to discriminate single afferent units from multiunit nerve bundles. It has proved a valuable tool and we have a wealth of published data obtained using this system. Being able to extract multiple single units from multifibre recordings has vastly improved our yield at the same times as allowing the stimulus-response properties of several individual afferents to be compared side by side. The software is intuitive and relatively easy to use and the training and support from CED in developing customised scripts has been excellent.”
    Professor David Grundy
    Department of Biomedical Science
    The University of Sheffield

  • “I have used Spike 6 and CED hardware for many years and found the system to be extremely flexible and reliable. One of its key advantages is the support CED provide through routine visits by their technical staff to users across the country to discuss our needs and help us get the most out of the system, a service for which they do not charge. The functionality of Spike 6 can be increased is by using small programmes called scripts and CED staff have often written these for me to improve the analysis of my data. They also respond to users suggestions in their frequent software updates and have incorporated requests I have made for different forms of data presentation. If you have struggled to get answers and help from other companies selling similar software, you will find this a breath of fresh air!”
    Dr Alan Watson
    Reader in Anatomy and neuroscience
    Cardiff University

  • "We have used CED hardware together with spike and signal software for over a decade in our labs at the Burke Medical Research Institute, New York, as well as several labs abroad. The acquisition and analysis capabilities are excellent, for our human EMG, non-invasive stimulation, and robotics studies. The customer service provided by CED has been exceptional."
    Dylan J. Edwards
    Director: Brain Stim. & Robotics Lab, Restorative Neurol. Clinic
    Burke Medical Research institute
    New York

  • "My experience as a CED customer has been overwhelmingly positive. The level of support we have received in terms of both installing and operating new hardware and software has been very good, and when a problem cannot be solved over phone or email, they have always visited obligingly and put in the time to visit to solve the problem. CED are very receptive to suggestions for new features in later software versions, as well as resolving compatibility issues with different interfaces. Particularly worth mentioning is the level of support that CED have provided catering to specific needs for our analysis – many many hours have been spent at CED adapting scripts to our requirements. In the end this will have saved us many weeks or months of data analysis and I am eternally grateful. So thanks!"
    Mr Thomas Richards
    School of Biomedical Sciences
    University of Leeds
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