UID Mouse Matrix
The UID Mouse Matrix was developed to address the challenges researchers face when evaluating temperature and activity in undisturbed mice. This novel RFID-enabled system allows for continuous and remote monitoring of digital biomarkers, temperature and activity, for one or multiple mice in the home cage.
The Mouse Matrix is basically an RFID reader board that is placed under each cage to record the animal’s location, movement and temperature. The system enables noninvasive, undisturbed and continuous monitoring of group-housed mice in a home cage setting. The data is automatically collected (day and night), and it is available throughout the course of the study in real time. The system provides a practical and flexible solution in a scalable framework to fit all needs and budgets. The system is compatible for monitoring as little as one static cage and scaling up for monitoring hundreds of cages from high-density IVC rack systems.
Leddy system, a battery-powered, fully programmable IVC lighting control system for standard IVC cages. When used in conjunction with red/black plastic cages, it helps to shift animal circadian rhythm at the IVC cage level.
The ErasmusLadder is a fully automated system that tests motor performance and motor learning in mice. It consists of two goal boxes with a horizontal ladder in between, which contains 74 pairs of rungs equipped with touch-sensitive sensors, allowing the system to detect the position of the mouse and determine front paw placement. Over several test sessions, the ErasmusLadder software records the motor performance and the motor learning ability of mice. In the second phase, an unexpected object – a rung raised above stepping surface – poses a sudden challenge. Rungs are strategically placed at a specific distance apart, making the test challenging enough for wild type mice but not too difficult for mice with extreme motor dysfunction to cross. How the animal learns to cope with this challenge is a measure of reflexive motor learning and a reflection of cerebellar functioning.
DVC® Running Wheel
DVC® Running wheel is designed to be used in conjunction with the DVC® board. It is directly installed inside the standard IVC mouse cage. Thanks to pre-arranged magnets on it, it automatically collects any rotation when it occurs and allows the researcher to continuously monitor this voluntary activity directly from the standard IVC mouse cage avoiding any animal movements into dedicated novel equipment.