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NRB Behavioral Center

 

Any problems with this equipment,                                                                    email: burnettw@upstate.edu  or call 4-7752

For access to the sign-up calendars, contact Wendi Burnette at burnettw@upstate.edu 

For access to the equipment, contact DLAR

All sign-ups for the behavioral equipment, in DLAR on the 2nd floor of NRB, should be done online. You will be signing up for both the equipment and the room.  Room 2708C is reserved for the Zhao Lab and room 2702B is reserved for the Solessio Lab; their equipment is not shared. 

The behavioral calendar is found at:

 https://www.upstate.edu/research/facilities/cal_behavioral/

Rules and Regulations

  • You must sign up to use the shared equipment and the room where you will use the equipment.
  • If you plan to use your own or some lab-owned equipment in a shared room, you must sign up for the room with the equipment type as “other."  If you are using shared equipment in a room that is not listed, sign up with the room as "other."
  • Sign up for the actual number of hours, days that you will be using equipment and occupying a shared room – other labs/researchers also need to plan their own experiments based on availability shown on the calendar.
  • Once a piece of equipment is set up for an experiment, do not move or disturb the equipment until the experiment is complete.  When the room is not occupied, other equipment can be used.
  • Leave the equipment/room clean and in order, ready for the next user.
  • Return all shared equipment to the shared rooms when your experiment is complete.
  • Report any problems with a piece of equipment or use of a room as soon as possible.

 

Behavioral Equipment in NRB

 Quantity

Equipment

Rodent

1

Avisoft-ultra sound gate with Avisoft-SASLab Pro

1

Mini transponder and hand held reader

2

Mobile recording and tracking station, computer and 2 cameras

2

EthoVision XT license package

1

Any-Maze license

4

Acoustic Startle

mouse

4

Fear conditioning

mouse

4

Operant chamber with Bussey Saksida touch screen

mouse

1

Barnes Maze

rat

8

Operant chamber with retractable lever and liquid reward system

rat

1

Radial 8 arm maze

rat

1

Rotarod with photobeam for 4 rats

rat

4

Open field with photobeam activity system

either

8

PhenoTyper

either

1

Conditioned place preference chamber

both

4

Forced Swim System

both

 


Any-Maze license (Stoelting) - Video tracking system designed to automate testing in behavioral experiments

EthoVision XT license package (Noldus) - Video tracking software with multiple arena, multiple body point, social interaction, and trial and hardware control modules

Mobile recording and tracking station (Noldus) computer and 2 cameras

Mini transponder and hand held reader (Microchip ID) – Designed for applications where a small (8.2 mm x 1.4 mm, l x dia), unobtrusive, read only, unique ID tag is required 

Avisoft-ultra sound gate with Avisoft-SASLab Pro (Avisoft Bioacoustics) - Hardware for recording and playing back ultrasonic signals, and software for investigating animal acoustic communication.

 

Equipment for either mouse or rat:

Forced Swim System (Med Associates) 4 chambers – Used for testing pharmacological effects of antidepressants in mice and rats.

*Rotarod (ITTC) - Used to assess the effect of drugs on the motor coordination or fatigue resistance of 5 animals at a time; when an animal drops onto the individual sensing platforms below, test results are recorded. Middleton

*Open field (SD Instruments) 4 units with camera - Used to assess locomotor activity, exploratory behavior and for use in the measurement of anxiety related behaviors. N&P

Open field (SD Instruments) 4 units with photobeam activity system and rearing frame.

PhenoTyper (Noldus) 8 units for video tracking of home cage behaviors.

 

Equipment for mice:

Acoustic Startle (Med Associates) 4 chambers – Used to determine both, emotional reactivity and sensory gating as well as hearing function.    

*Barnes Maze (Stoelting) - Designed for testing spatial learning and memory. Within the maze, animals are motivated to escape from the brightly lit, open platform to a small dark recessed chamber (escape box). During testing, the animal learns the spatial location of the escape box. N&P owns 2 for mice

Conditioned place preference chamber (Med Associates) - Used in the assessment of the rewarding property of drugs (or other natural reinforcers) or to identify the neuronal basis of reinforcement expression; animal position tracked by IR photobeam detectors installed along the chamber walls.

Fear conditioning (Stoelting) 4 chambers - Fear conditioning is the method by which animals learn to fear new stimuli. It is a form of learning in which fear is associated with a particular neutral context (e.g. a room) or neutral stimulus (e.g. a tone). This can be done by pairing the neutral stimulus with an aversive stimulus (e.g. a shock). Eventually, the neutral stimulus alone can elicit the state of fear.

Operant chamber (Lafayette Instruments) 4 Bussey Saksida touch screen for mice plus IR camera - Used in experiments studying learning behavior, especially operant conditioning, typically equipped with a device that gives the animal a reward (eg food), or a painful stimulus (eg mild shock), for a particular performance.

 

Equipment for rats:

Barnes Maze (Stoelting) - Designed for testing spatial learning and memory. Within the maze, animals are motivated to escape from the brightly lit, open platform to a small dark recessed chamber (escape box). During testing, the animal learns the spatial location of the escape box.

Conditioned place preference chamber (Med Associates) Used in the assessment of the rewarding property of drugs (or other natural reinforcers) or to identify the neuronal basis of reinforcement expression; animal position tracked by IR photobeam detectors installed along the chamber walls.

Operant chamber (Med Associates) 8 chambers with retractable lever and liquid reward system - Used in experiments studying learning behavior, especially operant conditioning, typically equipped with a device that gives the animal a reward (eg food), or a painful stimulus (eg mild shock), for a particular performance.

*Operant chamber (Med Associates) 4 chambers with solid food reward. N&P

Radial 8 arm maze (Med Associates) Automated runway access with IR beam detection - The Radial Arm-Maze has been used extensively in evaluating spatial learning and memory. The apparatus consists of eight equally spaced arms radiating from a small circular central platform. The design ensures that after checking for food at the end of an arm the animal is forced to return to the central platform before making another choice.

Rotarod (Med Associates) - Used to measure motor coordination and fatigue (4 rats at a time); when the animal falls off the rotating drum, it breaks a photobeam to automatically record the amount of time spent on the drum.

 

*Y maze N&P

*Plus maze N&P

*Water maze

 

* not part of the common equipment, owned by someone

 

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