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Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Animal Behavior Core

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     The Behavioral Core provides expertise, staff and state-of-the-art equipment and software designed for testing behavioral outcome in rodents. The Core also maintains the strictest standards with regards to validity and reliability of behavioral assays andtraining. We facilitate functional assessments and phenotyping with many type of logistical support including help with animal protocols, grant and manuscript writing, experimental design and statistical analysis. We have many well-characterized assays, and we also develop tests to suit individual needs and other species.

Contact: Maria Gulinello, Ph.D
Kennedy 925, B32, B34
tel. 718-430-4042

Cognitive Function
  • Visual Working Memory - Object Recognition
  • Spatial Working Memory -Object Placement
  • Social Discrimination Memory
  • Spontaneous Alternation
  • Morris Water Maze
  • Radial Arm Maze (reference and working memory)
  • Conditioned Taste Aversion

Affective / Emotional Behaviors
  • Social Interaction Social Preference
  • Social Transmission of Food Preferences
  • Reproductive and mating behavior
  • Open Field (exploratory behavior, risk assessment, thigmotaxis)
  • Marble Burying (neophobia, compulsions)
  • Elevated Plus Maze (anxiety)
  • Light/Dark Box (anxiety)
  • Acoustic Startle – anxiety and hearing
  • Porsolt (Forced Swim) Test – depression
 
Tests of Analgesia
  • Von Frey (sensory threshold and allodynia)

Sensorimotor Function
  • Open Field (activity, habituation, sensitization)
  • Rotarod (motor coordination, motor learning)
  • Grip Strength (sensorimotor function, muscle strength)
  • Gait analysis and toe spread (motor coordination)
  • Balance Beam (motor coordination)
  • Visual Placing (visual acuity)
  • Visual Cliff (visual acuity and depth perception)
  • Pupil dilation
  • Acoustic Startle and Prepulse Inhibition

Other
  • Functional Observation Battery (Primary Screen)
  • Estrous Cycle Staging
  • Ultrasonic vocalizations (coming soon)
  • Behavioral Tracking software (Viewer, Biobserve)
  • Conditioned Place Preferences and Aversions
  • Grooming
  • Stereotypies
  • Developmental milestones
 
 
 

Recent News & Events

Grant Award | Dr. Elyse Sussman - ASHA awards
Dr. Elyse Sussman and graduate student Renee Symonds are recent recipients of a number of awards and honors by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Sussman and Renee Symonds received a Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award (RMPTA) while Ms. Symonds also received both an Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award (ARTA) and a Student Research Travel Award (SRTA) for recent work, entitled "The Impact of Unattended Auditory Cues on Perception & Task Performance in Complex Auditory Environments." This poster, and the work contained therein, was judged and found to be superlative, being only one of 48, out of over 1900 posters submitted, to earn the "Meritorious Poster" qualification by the ASHA....more

Publication | Dr. Vytas Verselis
Dr. Vytas Verselis and collaborators recently published Sanchez HA, Slavi N, Srinivas M and Verselis, VK. Syndromic deafness mutations at Asn 14 differentially alter the open stability of Cx26 hemichannels. J Gen Physiol. 148(1): 25-42, 2016. The work was also featured in a recent EurekAlert news release detailing variation in the symptoms of patients afflicated with keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness (KID) syndrome....more

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Contact Us

Rose F. Kennedy Center

1410 Pelham Parkway South

9th Floor

Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: 718-430-2408

Fax: 718-430-8821

 
 
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