HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — CFD Research Corporation has announced that research scientist Ashley Smith garnered recognition in the 39th annual Nikon Small World photomicrography contest. Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the microscope.

Smith’s image of primary rat brain astrocyte cells cultured within CFDRC’s SynVivo blood-brain barrier device was declared an Image of Distinction by the judging panel. Smith captured this image while working on the development of the SynVivo-BBB device. In this image, astrocytes are stained for specific cell markers following a week-long culture in the device.