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The Behavioral Assessment Core provides a facility for the behavioral testing of mice and rats. Newly created transgenic mice can be analysed using the most-accepted battery of behavioral tests, the SHIRPA (Rogers et al. 1997). This battery will include a primary neurological screen, sensory and motor test (including rotorod, spontaneous locomotor activity, walking coordination, etc.), an open field test for emotional and exploratory activity, and an elevated plus maze for anxiety. Motor function testing is available, and cognitive testing is provided with the Morris water maze, Barnes maze, holeboard maze and eight-arm radial maze tasks. Other, more complex, tasks are also available. The Managing Director, Dr. Ayanabha Chakraborti can provide training to research personnel from the PI’s laboratory in the use of behavioral testing methods. The Managing Director can also assist investigators in the development of tools/testing methods that are needed by them for a more detailed assessment of specific behaviors or behavioral deficits.

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Ayanabha Chakraborti

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