Behavior Research Core
The Behavioral Research Core Facility (BRCF) is located within the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences and houses various types of behavioral assessment tools. The facility and its equipment are available to UND partner investigators for their small rodent behavioral research. The BRCF is jointly managed by the North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (ND INBRE) and the Department of Pathology at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
Types of Assessment
General Activity, Motor, and Sensory Tests
- Grip Strength System
- PAS-Open Field
- Rotometer System
- Rotor-Rod System
Conditioned Learning and Memory Tests
- Freeze Monitor
- Place Preference Enclosure
- Gemini Active and Passive Avoidance System
- SR-LAB Startle-Response System
Spatial Learning and Memory Tests
- Barnes Maze
- Morris Water Maze
- Radial Arm Maze
Anxiety and Depression Tests
- Elevated Plus Maze
- Elevated Zero Maze
- Forced Swim Test
The mission of the BRCF is to enhance research productivity, research funding, and STEM training for the partners of the ND INBRE. The BRCF's specific goals are:
- To provide a well-managed and maintained equipment resource that supports current and planned behavioral research of the ND INBRE partners that employ mouse models of human disease.
- To provide a technical expertise in behavioral research methods and procedures to enhance current and planned behavioral research efforts of the ND INBRE partners that employ mouse models of human disease.
- To provide a facility for the training of the next generation of health professionals in the method and theory of animal behavioral research and its translation to human disease.
- To provide an interface for effective interaction and collaboration between and among research supported by the IDeA programs (INBRE, COBRE, EPSCoR, etc.) and other investigator-initiated research programs that employ, or could employ, animal behavior in their programs.
The BRCF is part of the Center for Biomedical Research, and the facility infrastructure and welfare of the experimental animals are supervised by Dr. Darin Meulebroeck, the Attending Veterinarian at Division of Research. BRCF complies with the UND IACUC and strives to meet the strict standards of AAALAC International.
Those using the BCRF must agree to acknowledge ND INBRE support.
"Research reported in this [publication, release] was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grand number P20GM103442."