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.

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