Animal Behavioural Facility (ABF)
The Bosch Institute’s Animal Behavioural Facility (ABF) is a centre for researchers working with rodents, with a focus on behavioural analyses. We offer access to sophisticated rodent behavioural testing equipment, including:
The Bosch Institute’s Animal Behavioural Facility (ABF) is the only multi-user centre for the study of rodent behaviour in Australia. We offer a range of services and access to sophisticated behavioural testing , including:
- 8 IntelliCages for automated cognitive screening and phenotyping (mice);
- 4 Bussey-Saksida Touchscreen Chambers for automated and flexible operant conditioning;
- A light delivery system for in vivo optogenetic experiments;
- A Topscan software license for real-time or offline video analysis of common laboratory rodent behavioural tests;
- A Gait Analysis System for the detailed analysis of rodent motor function;
- 4 three-chamber Conditioned Place Preference (CPP) boxes for studying the rewarding and aversive properties of drugs and other treatments;
- A Rotarod for assessing motor function (both rats and mice);
- A complete Ultrasonic Vocalisation Analysis System for the study of communicative behaviours in rodents;
- A Balance Beam for the study of vestibular and motor function in mice;
- 2 Grip Strength Meters for measuring limb strength in rodents.
- Open Fields, Novel Object Recognition, Fear Conditioning and more.
We provide expertise for all aspects of experimental design, execution and analyses, as well as novel behavioural solutions and ongoing support.
To become a registered member of the ABF, please complete the registration form. All registered users, once trained, will have access to the available equipment and services.
We also offer A Practical Introduction to Working with Laboratory Mice. Please enquire to arrange a session or for further information.
The Bosch Institute Animal Behavioural Facility Research Officer:
Mr Thomas Burton
Ph: 9114 1431