CECAD's in vivo Research Facility (ivRF) is a facility with state-of-the-art technology, designed and run in line with the latest scientific findings, legislation and ergonomics. Five separate, individually operated barriers allow maximum flexibility for the wide variety of demands made by the research groups. The ivRF offers an experimental platform for establishing new models, as well as an efficient means of long-term cryopreservation. The ivRF meets all the legal requirements and consistently adheres to the three R's principles: reduction, refinement, and replacement.
Services: CECAD's in vivo Research Facility has two main departments. The Housing Facility offers CECAD's research groups the opportunity to validate their results in approved and strictly controlled studies. The ivRF organizes the import and export of models and biological materials. Experienced scientists advise on welfare and legal requirements. Ongoing training of qualified staff responsible for housing ensures a comprehensive service that includes both professional care and on-site assistance.
The second department is the Transgenic Core Unit. This unit is an experimental platform for establishing models in accordance with the latest scientific knowledge, such as genome editing. In addition, it offers laboratory services for embryology, cell biology, and molecular biology.