Animal Research

  • Misericordia University Breaks Ground on Science Center Expansion


    Misericordia University broke ground in April of 2019 on a $45 million expansion of the Henry Science Center in Dallas Township, Pa.

  • University of Michigan Opens Biological Science Building


    The University of Michigan opened the $261 million Biological Science Building in April of 2019 in Ann Arbor.

  • From Start-Up to Established Facility: Australia’s Specific-Pathogen-Free Vivarium Traces its Operational History


    Operations at the Specific-Pathogen-Free (SPF) vivarium in Australia’s Translational Research Institute (TRI) are likely indicators of trends in animal facilities across the globe. The benefits of automated systems for watering and cagewash, and a robust database to capture a host of operational details—from sterilization runs to task scheduling to costing—have been clearly proven. At the same time, new directions in research, such as study of the microbiome and the gut-brain axis, are sparking a greater need for germ-free and gnotobiotic facilities, a shift that leads to higher ratios of procedure-to-support space and increased staffing levels. The rederivation process and advances in animal health monitoring are also harbingers of change.

  • CAMH Employs Comprehensive Programming to Reinforce Vision for New Research Facility


    A focused and comprehensive programming process was the cornerstone of planning for a new 380,000-sf, seven-story research building at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada. The building is part of CAMH’s multi-year, multi-phase redevelopment project, which includes construction of new inpatient and outpatient facilities, an emergency department, administrative facilities, and a new research building.

  • Stanford University Dedicates Bass Biology Research Building


    Stanford University opened the $107 million Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Biology Research Building in March of 2019 in Palo Alto, Calif.

  • University of Texas at El Paso Constructs Interdisciplinary Research Building


    The University of Texas at El Paso is constructing the $85 million Interdisciplinary Research Building.

  • 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.