Artificial environments in which rodents are tested for their behavioral repertoire are still the gold standard for neuroscience research. However, increased concern of the validity of animal testing and the welfare of the laboratory animals is about to change this by moving to testing of behaviors in a setting that is familiar to the animals.
In this webinar Dr. Stefano Gaburro, Scientific Director a Tecniplast, will present an innovative non-invasive and scalable technique called Digital Ventilated Cage (DVC) that is meant to perform longitudinal studies for neurodegenerative disease models using long term monitoring of mice in a stress-free environment.
In the second part of the webinar, Dr. Brun Ulfhake from Karolinska Institutet will show how this technique can be used to study biorhythmicity (circadian and circannual) of small rodents and approaches to characterize and extract metrics of the spontaneous home-cage way of life for mice. These metrics may translate better to behavioral observations made in humans.
Department of Laboratory Medicine