Equipment & Tests

State-of-art equipment will be available for qualified users. 

1. Seizure experiments

  • Electroconvulsive threshold (ECT) 
  • EEG recording (Fall 2017)

2. Pup tests

  • Paw tattoo identification in pups (P2-4)
  • Pup ultrasonic vocalizations (P4-P12) 
  • Pup developmental milestones (P4-12)

3. Home cage tests

  • Overnight home cage behaviors recording
  • Home cage wheel running (up to 48h of continous recording)

4. Learning and Memory tests

  • Touchscreen (4 Bussey-Saksida chambers)
  • Novel object recognition and object location memory
  • Contextual and cued fear conditioning (can accomodate optogenetics equipment)
  • Morris water maze acquisition and reversal (Noldus Ethovision tracking)

5. Tests for motor functions

  • Open field test for locomotor activity
  • Rotarod 
  • Grip strength and wire hang 
  • CatWalk 
  • Rodent Treadmill

6. General health evalutation

7. Tests for sensory functions

  • Acoustic startle and pre-pulse inhibition of acoustic startle
  • Hot/cold plate 
  • Tail-flick 
  • Electrical Von Frey Test (Fall 2017)
  • Olfactory habituation/dishabituation 

8. Tests for anxiety-, depression-, and stress-like behaviors

  • Elevated plus-maze
  • Stress-Induced Hyperthermia (SIH)
  • Forced swim 

9. Social behaviors

  • Three-chambered social approach test (Fall 2017)
  • Social interaction test
  • Social vocalization test
  • Pup retrieval 
  • Resident-intruder 

10. Repetitive behaviors and stereotypies.

  • Home cage stereotypies
  • Repetitive self-grooming