Kazuhiro Shigemoto, M.D., Ph.D. Vice-director
Associate Researcher :
Adjunct Researcher :
Laboratory Animals, Aged Mice and Rats, Infection control
Animal facility is located on the 5th floor of the institute. The facility is divided into Clean Area and Semi-clean Area. The former are composed of 4 mouse rooms, 1 rat room, 4 common laboratories, 6 laboratories, 2 operation rooms, and 3 embryo manipulating-related rooms. The latter comprises 1 quarantine room, 1 operation room, 1 rabbit room, 1 examination room, and 1 cage washing room.
Mice and rats are bred in IVC (Individually Ventilated Caging) system racks to protect from infectious diseases. In most of the animal rooms, genetically modified mice are kept. For example, about 80 transgenic mouse strains are maintained in the facility. Some part of the animal rooms is functioning as an aging colony of mice and rats. It is very important to supply aged animals for research on gerontology and geriatric medicine.
The facility maximally accommodates 21,650 mice (4,330 cages), 840 rats (280 cages), and 9 rabbits (9 cages). The facility business is managed by collaboration of animal facility members, entrusted animal caring company staff, and entrusted air-conditioning managing company staff.