All requests for Core services and equipment scheduling is available through iLab.

Phase 1 activities will be supported by microgrants to offset users’ costs, which will be announced soon.

Fee Schedule

With technical support
(MRC members)
Without technical support upon completion of initial training
(MRC members)
With technical support
(non-MRC members)
Location: IOH 11th floor 

New! Murine Fracture Models

We are pleased to announce that Core D now offers assistance with different types of murine fracture models, including tibia and femur fracture model, femur autograft and allograft model, as well as fracture nonunion model (critical size bone defect). We will provide guidance for experimental design, hands-on training, and the following phenotypical analyses; histology, microCT, angiogenic microCT, and biomechanical torsion test.

Static Weight Bearing – BIO-SWB

Instrument used to assess the level of discomfort (incapacitance) in the injured paw of a small animal like a rat or a mouse by measuring the Postural Equilibrium. The static weight bearing instrument is ideal for research on analagesia and nociception involving rodents: osteoarthrisis, cartilage degeneration, inflammation models, nerve injury models, and much more.

Electronic Von Frey – Model EVF4

Instrument used to measure sensitivity threshold in rodents. It is able to replace the traditional Von Frey Filaments by using a continuous force stimulator, sensitive sensor and a digital display which allows reading the applied force.

SMALGO (Small Animal Algometer)

Analgesimeter designed for controlled progressive force application, is a quick and reliable instrument to assess threshold. Maximum force capacity : 2000 g (or 20 N). Resolution at 1g / 0.01N or 0.1g/0.001N

Rodent Spontaneous Activity Wheels – BIO-ACTIVW

Activity Wheels are an easy way to quantify rodents and monitor spontaneous activity in their home cage environment. Smart LCD screen fixed on each wheel with display of travelled distance in both directions.

Grip Strength Test Meter – BIO-GS3

The purpose of this test is to evaluate the limb motor or muscular functions in rodents. The test allows the study of neuromuscular functions in rodents by determining the maximum force displayed by an animal. Nominal force capacity 2,000 g (or 20 N) with a reading in Grams, or in Newton or in Oz (user selection), Resolution at 1g / 0.01N or 0.1g / 0.001N

Thermal Analgesia Meter – BIO-CHP

The Cold and Hot Plate is intended to test an animal’s sensitivity to pain resulting from exposure to heat or cold. The animal’s pain sensitivity resulting from exposure to heat or cold is tested by placing the animal subject on the surface of the plate and starting a built-in timer.

Activity Cage for Rodents – Open Field System LE8025C

Used to evaluate animal’s basal activity and its evolution for rodents (rats and mice) in response to novelty or anxiogenic environment, pharmacological treatment, lesion or genetic modification. Equipped with versatile system of sensors allowing height adjustment, rearing sensors, photobeam spacing, and software capturing 100 data points per second per sensor.

Rotarod – LE8205

The Rotarod is a standard test of motor coordination, balance and fatigue in rodents. It provides an easy way to test the effects of drugs, brain damage, or diseases on motor coordination or fatigue resistance in rodents. The ROTAROD is controlled by an advanced microprocessor which provides precise timing control and accurate speed regulation. Rotation can be electronically set at a constant speed (4-40 rpm) using a dial on the front panel. 

Alternatively, acceleration rate may be selected at a defined time (30 sec., 1, 2, 5 or 10 min). Acquired data is saved with the form of table lanes/trials.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

To discuss Core offerings, general information, becoming a member, and any questions/concerns, contact:

Dr. Yousef Abu-Amer
Core Director

To discuss appropriate MSK tests and experimental plans contact:

Dr. Farshid Guilak
Core Associate Director