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Animal Behavior Core (ABC)

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Dr.Burbacher Thomas M. Burbacher, Ph.D., Co-director

Dr. Murphy Sean P. Murphy, Ph.D., Co-director

The Animal Behavior Core (ABC) is comprised of two components:  the Infant Primate Research Laboratory (IPRL) and the Mouse Behavior Laboratory (MBL).  The overall objective of the ABC is to provide CHDD Research Affiliates with the infrastructure needed to perform the most advanced and innovative functional outcome measures when assessing the effectiveness of intrinsic (gene-based) and/or extrinsic (surgical, drug-based) interventions in animal models of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Core services provide:

  • Consultation to affiliate investigators using primate or mouse models which includes information about relevant behavioral tests and experimental designs, as well as assistance with the IACUC review process, data extraction and interpretation, and manuscript preparation
  • Behavioral testing equipment, research space, and novel testing protocols for investigators that enable state-of-the-art assessment of behavior in animal models of human developmental disorders
  • Training in appropriate behavioral testing protocols and coordination of animal housing and behavioral testing in the facilities
  • Coordinated services across the Genetics, Brain Imaging, and Clinical Translational Cores to facilitate interdisciplinary resarch approaches and support the development of clinical applications in a cost-effective manner

Mouse Behavior Laboratory (MBL)

Infant Primate Research Laboratory (IPRL)


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