Automated Quantitative Measures of Forelimb Function in Rats and Mice

Automated Quantitative Measures of Forelimb Function in Rats and Mice

A webinar for researchers interested in transitioning from traditional qualitative forelimb assessments to quantitative measurements with automated, high-throughput systems in rodent models.

Preclinical development of effective therapies for neuromotor disorders depends on motor assays sensitive enough to detect meaningful effects. Manually-scored tasks, such as skilled reaching or pasta handling, can be reliable when performed by expert raters, but generally don’t scale well for high-throughput.

Recently-developed automated behavior systems offer researchers the ability to collect thousands of unbiased, quantitative measures of forelimb motor function with minimal supervision. This webinar will demonstrate automated forelimb tasks for both rats and mice and applications of the quantitative data collected.

In this webinar sponsored by Vulintus, experts will demonstrate the advantages of automated, quantitative forelimb assessments. Dr. Andrew Sloan will demonstrate typical training and testing protocols for both rats and mice using the Vulintus MotoTrak behavioral system. Dr. Seth Hays will then review his research which has used MotoTrak to investigate neuroplasticity-enhancing therapies for motor dysfunction.

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Presenters:

Seth Hays, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Department of Bioengineering,
The University of Texas at Dallas

Drew Sloan, PhD
Chief Operating Officer,
Vulintus LLC

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