IMPROVEMENT OF ANIMAL RESOURCES FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

This proposal requests funds to upgrade facilities and equipment
in the Laboratory Animal Service (LAS) of the University of
Hawaii at Manoa. Implementation of the project will extend our
ability to monitor and improve the quality of animal care and
health in LAS facilities. Ongoing peer-reviewed research and
training projects involving animals at the University of Hawaii at
Manoa total $5.5 million, most of which is derived from NIH
grants. Investigators are pursuing various exciting research ideas
such as development of vaccines in non-human primate models,
regulation and function of the immune system and mechanisms of
brain growth and development. These programs are dependent on
the animal resource for a steady supply of healthy experimental
animals. Training programs for advanced and professional degrees at the
University of Hawaii are complementary to these research
programs and are dependent on the quality and efficiency of LAS
procedures. Biological research is one of several target areas
defined by the University of Hawaii Strategic Plan as an area of
excellence, and the University has allocated substantial funds
during recent fiscal years to assure that adequate resources are
available. LAS animal facilities have been upgraded and enhanced
by University allocations of nearly $1 million in recent years; LAS
has become an independent entity headed by a veterinary Director
trained and certified in Laboratory Animal Medicine. Future
funding and staffing commitments by the University enable LAS
to meet and exceed NIH Guidelines for animal health and care. Nevertheless, certain improvements, additions and replacements
are necessary to create optimal conditions for animal care in LAS
facilities. Specifically, funds are requested to replace faulty
animal caging throughout the facilities, ensure proper
cleaning/sterilization capabilities by purchasing rackwashers for
Snyder Hall and Biomedical Building and a sterilizer for Woodlawn
Small Animal Facility, providing proper refrigerator/freezer and
laundry equipment in core LAS facilities, replacing damaged
animal food preparation and cleaning sinks and cabinetry
throughout the facility, repairing and upgrading existing
cagewasher and sterilizer facilities, and renovating HVAC
systems in Snyder Hall and Biomedical Building. The benefits
derived from the proposed renovation and consolidation of the
animal resource include improved efficiency, reliability and
containment as well as enhanced public safety.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date8/1/887/31/90

Funding

  • National Institutes of Health

ASJC

  • Medicine(all)

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