A 12 month ABF membership will give researchers access to:
- Training on ABF equipment
On-site group workshop or one-on-one instruction with the ABF Officer are available.
- Access to ABF equipment
A standard booking calendar governs availability.
- Ongoing support
The ABF Officer is on-site to assist with all aspects of the experiments. Moreover, we have an excellent relationship with the manufacturers who give rapid, helpful advice when approached.
- New behavioural solutions
At the ABF we will accommodate your behavioural needs as best we can. If your requirements lay outside our current capabilities we can work with you to design specialised tests.
- Data storage
We have a Research Data Storage drive maintained by ICT with sufficient space to back up your data.
- Assistance and advice with experimental design
The ABF Officer is available for consultation regarding project design which is particularly useful for researchers with little or no behavioural experience.
- Assistance with experimental preparation
The ABF Officer is on-site to help to organise equipment and prepare animals.
- Access to special workshops
Workshops will be organised that are not directly related to the ABF equipment. An example of this would be a basic behavioural statistics workshop.
- Assistance with Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) project clearance
We have an official SOP approved by the AEC for standard IntelliCage experiments which can be referred to in ethics applications. Moreover, the ABF Officer may be consulted when preparing an application for AEC approval.
- Potential for collaboration on funding applications
Many major equipment grant bodies look favourably on proposals that encourage collaboration between laboratories and departments through the purchase of multi-user equipment. We are always looking to expand our range of equipment, widen the scope of our research and keep up with current trends in our field for the benefit of our local research community.