CCTV monitoring of mice and stimulating brain electricity. Intrigued...? Plus, Pint of Science pint glasses and tshirts to be won! (Please note: ground floor event, easily accessible)
Genetically altered mice are used to study a range of genetic diseases. Measuring the effect that changing a gene has on the behaviour and appearance of an individual mouse can be difficult. Mice are active at night, find being handled stressful, and prefer familiar social environments with other mice. We have developed a sophisticated CCTV-like system to remotely monitor the activity of laboratory mice 24/7. Using this equipment we can for the first time see very subtle changes in behaviour, movement and social interactions. This technology is being used to refine animal care in research.
Oliver is interested in how the brain and heart communicate by electricity, and currently studies this in the context of pain
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