Use the MMRU
Step 1. Pricing (per mouse)
|Simultaneous indirect calorimetry, food mass monitoring plus access control, and physical activity monitoring w/ or w/o running wheels.||$18 per day|
|Simultaneous indirect calorimetry, food mass monitoring plus access control, physical activity, and core body temperature monitoring.||$19 per day|
|Simultaneous food mass monitoring plus access control||$9 per day|
|Treadmill use with calorimetry||$40 set-up + $8/hr|
|PIXImus or QMR body composition measurements||$2.50 per mouse|
Note: To keep costs down, MMRU requests its users perform some setup and takedown tasks for experiments. Read the complete list of Investigator and MMRU responsibilities »
Step 2. Check MMRU availability
Use the MMRU calendar via Outlook calendar:
- In Outlook, click "Folder List" at the bottom left of the Outlook screen.
- Click the + before "Public Folders" then click the + before "All Public Folders."
- Scroll down to "BCM Pediatrics," then inside to "Nutrition."
- Click the Calendar named "MMRU Schedule."
- To add to favorites, right-click "MMRU Schedule" and then select "Add to Favorites."
- Click "Calendar" (beside "Folder List" at the bottom left of the Outlook screen).
Step 3. Read and Understand Investigator and MMRU responsibilities
- Obtain the appropriate institutional approvals for MMRU (e.g., IACUC protocol, IBC protocol). For reference, the MMRU IACUC protocol number is AN-5020.
- For mice not currently housed within the CNRF, investigator must organize the transfer as discussed in "Procedure for Requesting Use of Facilities."
- Investigator, investigtor's staff or students must be in the CNRF at 8:30 a.m. on the days when experiments start and finish, unless otherwise instructed by Firoz Vohra.
- Provide mice with the correct diet (in a powdered form) in accordance with an approved IACUC protocol. Check for sufficient food in the feeders at least every other day.
- Provide mice with water; check water at the same time as food.
- For long-term studies, cages and water must be changed a minimum of once every 5 days.
- Implantation of telemetric devices (training provided by MMRU upon request).
- Provide Firoz Vohra an Excel spreadsheet with the IDs, genotype, diet, sex, and date-of-birth of the mice, and beginning body weight, prior to placement within CLAMS cages.
- Decide whether acclimatization of mice within the CLAMS cages is performed prior to data measurements (an acclimatization period of 2-3 days is strongly recommended).
- Check Temperature and humidity of the room in which your mice are housed and enter the values in the individual room's log book. This is a BCM requirement and must be done daily, including weekends.
- Clean treadmill and QMR mouse holders after every use.
- Empty all feed from feeders at the end of studies.
- Supply, cleaning, and preparation of CLAMS cages
- Calibration and programming of monitoring devices
- Provision of conditions conducive to generation of high caliber data
- Aid in data handling and interpretation