The Animal Research and Immunology Core offers professional services for infectious disease studies, with an emphasis on those organisms requiring specialized biocontainment facilities. The mission of the Animal Research and Immunology Core is to provide facilities and services to study microbial pathogenesis and host response to infections as well as to test new therapies against infectious diseases. The Animal Research and Immunology Core is supported in part by the NIAID Great Lakes (Region V) Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, a consortium of researchers in the upper Midwest conducting biodefense and infectious disease research whose goals include the development of novel therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostic tools.
The ARIC strives to conduct animal research that is both safe and humane. The research and care of animals is overseen and approved by several groups at the University of Chicago : the Animal Resource Center , the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The Animal Resource Center is AAALAC accredited.
The Animal Research and Immunology Core is staffed by scientists with expertise in microbiology and animal handling, and works closely with the University of Chicago Animal Resource Center. The facilities provided by the ARIC include BSL-3 and ABSL-3 laboratory space, as well as ABSL-2 and animal care facilities. Services provided by ARIC personnel include molecular biology and animal experiments for select infectious agents and to develop experimental procedures and animal models of infection. For more information on the available disease models, please contact the Research Project Manager at email@example.com.
Future Home of ARIC
The Small Animal Research Core will move by 2008 in a brand new facility: the Howard T Ricketts Laboratory
located on the Argonne National Laboratory site. This larger and
specifically designed facility will allow ARIC to offer more