The Behavioral Phenotyping Core at Indiana University School of Medicine is a state-of-the art facility where investigators can study the behavior of animal models. Housed on the fourth and fifth floors of Stark Neurosciences Research Institute in the Neurosciences Research Building, the core, available to all IU School of Medicine investigators, offers more than 1,300 square feet of dedicated testing space.
Behavioral Phenotyping Core
Investigators at IU School of Medicine interested in services offered by the Behavioral Phenotyping Core can contact Kathryn Fischer, PhD.
The core validates all assays; allows for testing of pharmacological or other manipulations to study disease models; incorporates necropsy endpoints to behavioral assays as needed; and provides guidance on interpretation and analysis of data. Investigators can use the facility to look at a variety of sensory, motor, and cognitive indicators, which can signal differences in the underlying physiology of the animal model. The facility also has the ability to execute behavioral studies requested via a fee-for-service or via collaborative efforts, provide behavioral training and advise in behavioral experimental design and questions. In addition to providing behavioral assays, the core helps train graduate students and postdoctoral researchers on the implementation of sound experimental design for behavioral studies and to use specific equipment.