Establishing and Maintaining a Mouse Germ-Free Facility
There is an ever-growing interest in understanding the key roles that the microbiota plays in health and disease. The use of mouse models that lack all microorganisms (germ-free) are increasingly becoming an essential tool for scientific researchers in this area. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction into how germ-free facilities can be run on a day-to-day basis and will be led by experts in gnotobiology (both academic and industry partners) using a ‘hands-on’ approach to establishing and maintaining a germ-free facility.
Who is this course for?
- Animal facility managers
- Animal care technicians
- Technical staff
Following the course, you will be able to:
- Understand the fundamentals of running and maintaining a germ-free facility
- Have acquired a working knowledge of germ-free isolators, in particular the use of box isolators and cages
- Be able to perform standard culture-dependent and culture-independent techniques that can be used to check the sterility of the germ-free mice
- Plan experimental isolator set-up
We invite expressions of interest to attend this course outlining:
What you hope to get out of attending this course?
Why is attending this course important to you?