AREAS IN THE COMPARATIVE MEDICINE CORE FACILITY
Comparative Medicine also has an area designated for material processing (washing zone), as well as its own small storage area. This washing and sterilization zone has a robot for automatic processing (emptying, washing and filling) of cages; a rack washer to in order to wash shelves and accessories used in the housing of the animals such as water bottles, screens and cage covers; two 6 m3 autoclaves, each for the sterilization of material that is going to be used in the housing and care of the animals; and two 5 m3 sterilization chambers for hydrogen peroxide or other chemical agents for use with vapour-sensitive devices, equipment and material. In addition, we have two 0.5 m3 hydrogen peroxide sterilization chambers in the north wing.
The aquarium has a total of 504 tanks and currently maintains 36 lines of fish.
This new area will be located on the 3rd floor where the institute's parking lot is currently located. The new installation's south wing will provide service to surgically-induced cardiovascular pig and rabbit models while the north wing will provide service to rat models and house the new fish facility.
Optical projection tomography: Allows for 3D visualization of tissues and can be especially useful in those that have been marked using fluorescence, immunohistochemistry or lacZ stain.