Animal Behavior Core

Understanding Animal Models of Disease

Monitoring animal behavior and physical presentation is key to understanding animal models of disease, as well as assessing the effects of therapeutic agents.

The Animal Behavior Core supports both basic and translational research by providing a variety of tests to meet the researcher’s needs, including but not limited to ultrasound, measurements of social ability, memory and learning, and motor function.

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Equipment and Services


  • Vevo 2100 Ultra High Frequency Imaging System

Motor coordination and function:

  • Force grip*
  • Force Plate Actimeter
  • MotoRater*
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity
  • Pole climb
  • Rota Rod Rotamex-5
  • Treadmill with shock*

Learning and memory:

  • Barnes maze
  • Morris water maze*
  • Radial arm maze

Visual acuity:

  • Electroretinography (ERG)*
  • Optometry*
  • Visual cliff

Lung physiology:

  • Buxco Small Animal Whole Body Plethysmography*

Social and other behavior:

  • 3-Component Neurological Score 
  • ANY-maze software for different behavioral monitoring
  • Home-cage monitoring
  • Light/dark box test
  • Marble burying test
  • Open field test
  • Tail suspension test
  • Three-chamber sociability test

Circadian Rhythm/Activity

  • Running Wheel Activity Monitors

Heart Function

  • Echocardiogram

*Equipment owned by individual labs, which offer shared usage upon request.

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