The mission of the Animal Behavior Core facility is to improve the scope and competitiveness of functional central nervous system research at UMMC, COBRE and INBRE facilities in Mississippi by:
The Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience Animal Behavior Core conducts state-of-the-art rodent behavioral testing for investigators at UMMC and other nearby institutions on a fee-for-service basis. The core facility is equipped to perform a comprehensive battery of behavioral tests to thoroughly phenotype overall motor and sensory function of rats and mice as well as specific behaviors of interest to specific investigators (learning and memory, operant behavior, motor function and gait, place/fear conditioning, pain/analgesia, depression and anxiety related behaviors). The core is equipped to assist in all aspects of rodent behavioral testing including design and execution of behavioral tasks as well as data analysis and interpretation.
Dr. James Shaffery provides overall supervision of the animal core. His research focuses on the neurobehavioral effects of early-life sleep disruption as well as the mechanisms of these behavioral changes in adults. He is especially interested in the effects of early-live rapid eye-movement sleep disruptions on neuronal and behavioral development.
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