The rodent behavior core allows assessment of common psychiatric disease-relevant animal behaviors such as anxiety, spontaneous activity, depression-like behavior and cognition.
Tests for anxiety:
Elevated Plus-Maze for rats (Ugo Basile): Elevated plus maze is used to assess anxiety-like behavior in rodents.
Black and White box test (Harvard Apparatus): Black-white box is used to assess anxiety-like behavior in rodents.
Tests for depression:
Forced Swimming test apparatus (IITC Life Science)
Tail Suspension Test (Harvard Apparatus)
Tests for activity level:
Open-field Apparatus (IITC Life Science)
Activity monitoring systems: (IITC Life Science)
Tests for cognition:
8 Arm Radial Maze (Harvard Apparatus)
Morris Water Maze test (Ugo Basile)
Passive Avoidance Test (Harvard Apparatus)
Freezing and Startle Combined System (Harvard Apparatus)
Equipment to induce psychiatric-like disease in rodents:
Learned Helplessness (Ugo Basile)
Tail Flick Analgesia Meter (Ugo Basile)
Sociability apparatus (Ugo Basile)
Faculty & Postdocs
- Vijayasree V. Giridharan, MPharm, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Behavioral and Biomedical Services Building (BBSB)
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Houston, TX 77054