Animal Research

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Opens Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery Building


    The University of Wisconsin-Madison opened the $45.7 million Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery Building in early March of 2019.

  • Nagasaki University Begins Construction on BSL-4 Laboratory


    Nagasaki University began construction in January of 2019 on a BSL-4 laboratory for the study of infectious diseases and pathogens in Japan.

  • Space and Design Innovation in MRI Housing


    In December 2016, Stony Brook Medical launched a plan to build housing for a pair of high-power MRIs, an older model 9.4-Tesla and a newer 7-Tesla. The original plan was to build a brick-and-mortar facility into their existing vivarium, but that was deemed too expensive, forcing them to consider other options. Glen Itzkowitz, dean of facilities and operations, and his team decided to pursue an option that had never been considered at Stony Brook—using pre-fabricated containers to house the MRIs, which they could just barely squeeze into a loading dock underneath a high-traffic footpath, space that was largely being wasted.

  • University of CalgaryInternational Microbiome Centre


    The International Microbiome Centre (IMC) at the University of Calgary houses one of the largest germ-free facilities in the world and the only one that has incorporated intra-vital imaging. Constructed in a portion of the basement at the Cumming School of Medicine, the germ-free facility complements the other microbiome platforms—including mass cytometry, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, biobanking, and live cell imaging—by providing a model system in which to study the microbiome. The center provides a sterilized housing environment, where researchers explore the microbiome and its impact through adding bacteria to germ-free models and analyzing what those bacteria do to the animals’ immune systems, organs, and overall health.

  • Masonic Medical Research Institute Constructs Animal Research Facility


    Masonic Medical Research Institute is constructing a large-animal research facility in its existing building in Utica, N.Y.

  • Pirbright Institute Constructs Livestock Pathogen Research Facility


    The Pirbright Institute will begin construction in early 2019 on the £50 million Brooksby Building in the United Kingdom.

  • Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre Plans Oxford Facility


    The Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre is planning to create a £66 million research and production facility in the United Kingdom.

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Plans Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility


    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is planning to build a $5 million, 12,490-sf gnotobiotic mouse vivarium adjacent to its existing rodent facility on the East Campus.

  • West Texas A&M University Builds Veterinary Teaching and Research Facilities


    West Texas A&M University will begin construction in December of 2018 on two new veterinary facilities in Canyon, Texas.

  • Creating a Disaster-Resilient Biomedical Facility


    The nation’s academic biomedical research facilities are largely unprepared for natural and man-made disasters that could damage buildings, equipment, IT systems, and materials, and ultimately jeopardize research and scientific careers. A recently released study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine calls for institutions and scientists to focus on risk assessment and resilience planning to secure their capital and research investments. In order to do that successfully, institutions need to expand their emergency response and recovery plans and think beyond current building codes, which focus on the life safety needs of the occupants but have yet to account for the significant risks posed to their research programs.