Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has built and furnished a state-of-the-art rodent behavioral core facility. All investigators at VUMC and Vanderbilt University have access to this facility which is outfitted with multiple rooms of equipment for the purpose of behavioral testing in rats and mice.
The Rat Neurobehavioral Core provides equipment, training and consulting for Vanderbilt personnel who are interested in studying rat models of both neurological and psychiatric disorders. Examples of assays available for research in rats include models of anxiety, depression, drug abuse, learning and memory, cognition, attention, social interaction, pain, motor activity and coordination. Investigators can employ the latest technology in video capture and software-based analysis of behavior. Additionally, the facility offers a 24 hr/day home cage monitoring system that includes measurement of sleep EEG and core body temperature. A surgical suite is available, outfitted with a wide variety of equipment such as standard rat stereotaxic frames and a stereo-microscope, as well as various perfusion tables. Housing takes place inside the facility’s vivarium, which is Virus-Antibody free.
1. Rats to be tested in the Neurobehavioral Core must be ordered from a vendor that abides by pathogen-free standards and shipped directly to the on-site vivarium for housing. This restriction is designed to minimize the spread of pathogens through the use of shared equipment.
2. Prior to reserving a test room a mandatory one hour training session with Randy Barrett is required. A fund number will have to be furnished.
3. Entering of the core is restricted to card-key access. Access has to be granted by the DAC and requires an active animal protocol.
4. Once training is complete, reservations for use of equipment are done on-line.
5. Reservation of test rooms require the supply of a cost center number.