The ColonyRack is a next generation enriched environment. Multiple standard cages are interconnected by tubes which are monitored by RFID sensors. This allows longitudinal tracking of each animal to study individuality and behavioural variability in rodent populations under highly defined conditions. Parameters like physical fitness, sociability, hierarchical status, behavioural stereotypy, anxiety, and exploratory drive are derived from this automated home cage monitoring. Aging and frailty are only examples of relevant application areas. Novelty to the environment can be easily introduced by rearranging connections or cages. Furthermore, the habitat can be extended with additional automated test units for enhanced behavioural phenotyping.
The Comprehensive Lab Animal Monitoring System (CLAMS) is an all-in-one system for simultaneous multi parameter assessment, including indirect calorimetry, activity, body mass, consumption, and more. Each system is developed on a semi-custom basis, accommodating requirements for specific experimental needs and financial constraints. High resolution sensors are incorporated to allow for data to be reviewed graphically and numerically in real-time, providing automation for experiments spanning extended durations.
The Promethion Core is a metabolic and behavioral phenotyping system. One, high-resolution respirometry correlates accurate energy expenditure with changes in behavior. Two, water vapor compensation enables respirometry analysis >3 days and longitudinal studies. Three, integration of high-resolution sensors measure general activity; body mass and food/liquid consumed; voluntary exercise via a running wheel; and induced exercise via a metabolic treadmill. Four, the Promethion Live software monitors the system performance in real-time, evaluates experiment progress, and reports data.
The UID Rodent Matrix is an RFID reader board placed under each cage to record location, movement and temperature. The system enables noninvasive, undisturbed and continuous monitoring of group-housed rodents in a home cage setting. The data is automatically collected, and 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.
The PhenoTyper cage is an apparatus designed for comprehensive behavioral studies in rodents. The cage is equipped with an IR camera that enables real-time, controlled tracking and analysis. Researchers can gather data on locomotion, exploration and social behavior. The PhenoTyper is used in fields like neuroscience, psychology, and drug development to understand the effects of genetic, environmental, or pharmacological factors on behavior. This technology streamlines data collection and evaluation of potential therapies/interventions.