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 FAQ

 
  1. How can I get started?

  2. How many mice should I test?

  3. What is the recommended age for my mice for neurobehavioural testing?

  4. I’ve been trained on this equipment already; do I need to be trained again?

  5. I have already been trained. How do I book a room to test my mice?

  6. What should I try and avoid, if possible?

  7. Will I be able get my mice back once testing is complete?

  8. Will you analyze my data for me?

  9. What steps are taken in order to prevent environmental factors from affecting my results?

  10. What happens if I need to cancel a training session or room booking?

  11. How soon can you test my mice?

  12. I have some questions that have not been answered here, who can I contact to find out more information?


 

  • How can I get started?

    You can start by providing us with as much detail as possible regarding your interests (you should include whose lab you are from, number of mice you want to test, different tests you want to perform, date you would like to start, and duration of your project). We will then be able to generate a quote which we will forward to your supervisor (PI) for approval. After receiving a signed quotation we can set up any training required for the tests you want to run. Once you’ve been trained you will be able to run tests on your own mice.

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  • How many mice should I test?

    We recommend a minimum of 5 mice from the affected group and 5 mice from the control group (littermates preferred) for a pilot study, and at least 2 or 3 times as many mice for any in-depth analysis. Mice should be of the same sex and age.

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  • What is the recommended age for my mice for neurobehavioural testing?

    The ideal age for neurobehavioural tests is 8 to 16 weeks. Mice that are less than 6 months of age should be fine for testing too.

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  • I used this equipment before, do I need to be trained again?

    If you have not been trained by our staff in the Neurobehavioural Core then you will need to be trained again. We want to be sure that everyone is aware of how to use the equipment safely for both the user and animals being tested.

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  • I have already been trained. How do I book a room to test my mice?

    For those having access to the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum network we have set a room booking database through Outlook. Please contact computer support to add the appropriate rooms to your calendar. Please ensure that you enter in both your first and last name and your supervisor’s name.  (We are in the process of setting up/extending this system to all our clients.)

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  • What should I try and avoid, if possible?

Mice are social animals and therefore, housing animals individually should be avoided as much as possible as those animals’s anxiety and stress levels might be higher than normal.

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  • Will I be able get my mice back once testing is complete?

    Mice might be shipped back to your facility upon completion of appropriate importation documents. Within TCP, mice will be transferred to room 2-202 (Holding D) for at least one week prior to testing and will remain in there until experiments are completed. Mice in room 2-202 (Holding D) can not go back to Holding C, any other room within Holding D, or any room on F1.

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  •  Will you analyze my data for me?

We will send you raw data in excel or in a report format. We usually calculate the mean values and standard deviations for you. Expert data interpretation is available at additional cost (see consultation).

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  • What steps are taken in order to prevent environmental factors from affecting my results?

We take great care of our animals as well as of the quality assurance and control during our testing. These are just few examples of what we do:

- Always perform experiments at approximately the same time of day

- Try to avoid testing animals on the day when cages are being changed

- Allow mice to acclimatize to room’s conditions prior to testing

- Same person always handles mice

- Noise levels, light intensity, and temperature are constantly monitored.

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  • What happens if I need to cancel a training session or room booking?

We understand that cancellations need to be made. You may cancel training sessions or room bookings up to 24 hours in advance. A service charge will be billed to labs who do not give us 24 hours notice before a cancelation.

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  • How soon can you test my mice?

The Neurobehaviour Core is not set up to test mice for you. It is to train researchers so they can run their own experiments, testing their own mice. If you'd like your mice to be tested by staff please visit the Clinical Phenotyping Services website for more details.

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  • I have some questions that have not been answered here, who can I contact to find out more information?

Please feel free to contact us and ask any questions that you might have. Our contact information is listed under Contacts.

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